Not Creative

by Bud Smith

when a house explodes
you can walk for miles 
finding the debris 

each wildfire is named 
for the place where it is fought 
I heard about one 
yesterday on the radio 
fire fighters so exhausted 
and so worn out 
they just named this one 
'Not Creative'

here, look at this 
here's a hunk of silver shiny
I believe this was either 
a kitchen sink 
or the guts of a toilet

here look at this 
it was either a poem 
or instructions to 
construct a bomb

here look at this 
it's 7 billion people 
not sure who is wrong 

when the dispatcher 
was reached via walkie talkie 
the dispatcher said 
'Water is on the way'.