The house is quiet as everyone sleeps
a normal night in a happy home
on an estate that has seen no trouble
dogs bark cats screech foxes whine
in the dark faint footsteps approach
on their path a figure does encroach!
Inside the central heating pipes creak
their pet labrador snores contentedly
roused by movement of the door flap
followed by that pungent odour of petrol
a lit piece of rag ignited the first flame
the arsonist leaves as he came!
Acrid smoke sets off the smoke alarm
but not before it permeates upstairs
silently like a winter fog becoming dense
the children awake coughing and crying
mum choking eyes open tries to rise
the roar of the flames a total surprise!
Realising they were all in the one bedroom
kids had once again crept into the bed
her husband groaned not easy to wake
luckily the fire brigade were nearby
all safely rescued as the fire quelled
onto each other they tightly held!
Soon their pet dog is brought out safe
but the house was totally gutted
in the shadows they watched the action
a burning grudge had not been fulfilled
just blended into this chaotic scene
family shocked at what might have been!
Into the shadows the culprit slipped away
vowing for revenge another day!
The Foureyed Poet.