Poem 20150228

turner made quick sketches
of buildings on fire
of the crowds milling–
less people than mealworms
shaken in a box–
while smoke pillared into the sky
and orange tongues licked
at the clouds and down
into the sluggish thames

Joseph Mallord William Turner, English - The Burning of the Houses of Lords and Commons, October 16, 1834 - Google Art Project