Everyone, if you’re listening, please give your attention to the fire. Sit quietly with your feet planted firmly on the ground and in your mind say “Fire, I am listening. Fire, I understand you’re suffering. I’m here if you need me, no I don’t understand the depth of your experience. What is it to breathe and consume yet not be alive? To grow without cells? To die without life? Fire, your experience is complicated. I am out of my element. I simply will sit with you and witness your process. I am human and this is my failing, but I pray it will be enough.”
We will now have a moment of silence.
-Excerpted from Chana Porter's imaginative play BRAD AND MEREDITH AT THE END OF THE WORLD which was read during Rattlestick Playwrights Theater's Theaterjam3.
Chana Porter is a writer, theatre artist and co-founder of AliveWire Theatrics.