Playing with Fire

Many children, especially boys,
like to play God. They take in hand
a magnifying glass and hold it –
just so – until a concentrated beam
of heat from the sun
lances to the ground
to cruelly burn bugs to a crisp.

We like to pretend we are in control.
At the end of the day, though,
Mother Nature puts us in our place.
It doesn’t take a magnifying glass
for us to burn.