Blood red trees.
Trees along a street.
Street with an odd name.
Name of Persia’s king, Xerxes.
Xerxes outraged Babylonians.
Babylonians lost to Persian furnaces.
Furnaces that melted their golden idol.
Idol of Bel, not Xerxes of Armenia.
Armenia’s king who was assassinated.
Assassinated as is my heart.
Heart wounded by numbers.
Numbers of the faithful.
Faithful who pray for harsh salt.
Salt not of the covenant but salt,
Salt sown in the earth from skies.
Skies filled with death.
Death from wounds.