The Mark Left by Fire

A spark, on the stairs, jumping up to the second story, leaving marks on the hardwood floor, small scars, stars of carbon, back and forth, tracing a path, closet, room, back again, another set of stairs, third story, wall to wall carpet, tiny forest fires of fabric, room to room, searching, retracing, opening and closing doors, and now a new flight of stairs, spiral this time, a vortex of smoke, more charring, rising, exploring, retreating.