The Pullman Car Factory Fire

Factory construction sparks fire


                                            July 13, 1973


Salvation never arrived.


The Pullman Boxcar Factory burned all night

as my family watched so mesmerized


by the leap and dance of flames reaching 8 stories high,

brick and wood glowing deep within in mounds of red skeletons.


Even the firemen stood back in awe,

spraying water on the inferno in a heated infatuation


until the last rib cage collapsed

into 4 square blocks of glowing embers


to a silent shout of Hallelujah.



Poem by Steve Crowley

Steve spent his summers growing up in his grandparents’ 20-acre forest just south of Michigan City, Indiana