Fire in winter

To be warm

is to be safe

But warmth is not a right-

warmth is a privilege

If you are cold

freezing and dying

you do not have a right

to build a fire

You have the right

to remain silent

But when the storm comes

and buries you deep,

and you have no wealth

then you will seep

And you will freeze

forever exercising your right

of remaining silence

until your cold bitter end

and the fire runs out-

and you end.

-J. Juno, 2019