God Elements

sparkler, pyrotechnics, fireworks

In the beginning
before any burning bush
God was fire alone

it must be so
for what is God if not life?
what is life if not fire?

creation erupts from
embers flung about
by raging God-fire

air water earth
temper the spirit
crafting a palatable ferocity

pity the cold drenched
souls diluted
living as safely as dust


By Laura Sminchak

Laura’s work has appeared in publications such as From Whispers to Roars, Cathexis Northwest Press, and Neologism Poetry Journal. She lives in Ohio with her family and is a licensed attorney. She spends her days adventuring with her young children and drinking too much coffee. You can find her on Instagram at @laura_writes_words.