Fabulous Tim! The second stanza was especially brilliant. I questioned the opening line being the same as the title. I decided if I had to choose between the two it would be the title that I'd change. (Consider: "Empire of Ruin")
I really LOVE the first two lines of the second stanza! I can envision the smile going up with the ash...how true of happiness in circumstances like this.
"self-inflicted annihilation"...ahh, is it really? Seems her character is certainly less than admirable, she wasn't in it from the foundation up. It seems she bears the guilt of inflicting ruination of the relationship. I'd be happy to see her blackened back as she walked away. I suspect if you looked deep enough you would see her hear was charred from the beginning. This is likely a creative piece that isn't based on your life at all and here I am going on about it. =)) (Forgive me)
The use of the coin was clever and I appreciate that you used it to unify the two stanzas. The way you have used it has spoken volumes in both stanzas. You have pulled the poem together wonderfully.
Be careful of use of person here, you have used "you" in the first stanza and "she" in the second. Choose one or the other.
Your talent shines here Tim...as always. Reading your work is a pleasure. Fine penning! The quality of your work surpasses most of the many here. BRAVO!