Thursday, 21 September 2017

the summer of wild fires



it was ‘the summer of wild fires’ like no other … across a countryside
parched to tinder dry by rogue wave upon wave of scorching heat,
sparks flared to flames that blazed into unquenchable monster infernos …
until, at last, smoke found its way into the cities … an arrant reminder
that they, too, belonged to the earth … in the ghostly soot flecked haze,
the sun and moon morphed into ominous, eerie-iridescent orange orbs …
and an end-of-days, other-worldly fog-of-doom fell over the land … 
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it was a supernatural dream … it was a nightmare … it was a mighty
testament to the feeble dominion of mere mortals … it was nature
raging back … nature roaring and hissing:  VENERATE THIS EARTH …
foolish children of man … open your eyes … listen … breath deep and
fill your souls with the beauty and peace that has been laid before you …
respect the gift of life you have been given … walk softly … know:
you are but sojourners on this planet … care for it ... VENERATE THIS EARTH
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at long last … the blistering temperatures ... finally ... began to abate …
rain fell … in the beginning, as stifled as choked tears … but grief grew … as,
gradually, the smoke dissipated and all that had been destroyed was revealed,
in all its horror … then the tears poured down in great gulping spasms of
heartbreak and anguish … in the cities, the whirling and whizzing – the clang
and the bang of modernity … slowed, at the height of the conflagrations,
blasted back with a vengeance:  a lot of precious time had been lost


in the summer of 2017 - fires burned through nearly 900,000 hectares of forest
in British Columbia, Canada ... the highest number of hectares in the province's recorded history


photo/graphic:  Summer of Wild Fires – W. Bourke

© 2017 Wendy Bourke

22 comments:

  1. This read like the wildfires it was describing. 2017 was indeed a year of vengeance.

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  2. Really sad happenings, we ought to be more caring towrads nature.

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  3. This is so very sad, Wendy. It seems that this has been the summer with so many disasters. Mother Nature must be crying for all that has been lost.

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  4. Wendy, your image is arresting, wonderfully done! And I felt every line of your poem, as the wildfires raged through our summer.......even here on the wild west coast, smoke covered the mountains, the sky and we could SMELL the smoke from the wildfires. I love the message in your poem. We need to venerate this earth. We are only guests here.

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  5. Oh a vivid portrait of wild fire and devastation and the cause... reminds me of the horrors in Portugal earlier this year with the temps skyrocketing.

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  6. We had a summer that was cold and dry this year... but a few year ago we had wildfires raging and the smoke reached the cities. So much can be done and will be done when rebuilding afterwards... we can do a lot without politicians

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  7. I love the words; "walk softly … know:you are but sojourners on this planet … care for it". This is something I hold to be true.

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  8. Such a sweeping piece of prose it really felt apocalyptic

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  9. This is so touching, Wendy. It's been a difficult year.

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  10. Ahhh...yeah. Forest fires are the downsides of summers. Thanks for this great piece of writing. Informative and true.

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  11. Written like a great myth, redolent with warning and moral purpose - super choice to put before us this weekend.

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  12. Like a prayer. We are but custodians.

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  13. Wendy, you have captured the turbulent storms the earth has faced. I sense a deep message and we humans should listen carefully, as I see more destruction. Your poem a fury of words that need to be spoken, I can feel the tears dripping form the eyes of heaven.

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  14. Luv these lines
    " walk softly … know:
    you are but sojourners on this planet … care for it ... VENERATE THIS EARTH"

    Happy Sunday Wendy

    much love...

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  15. When we tenants of this land becomes insufferable, Mother Nature has a way of reminding us just who's in charge. This has been such a year. Beautiful write, Wendy.

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  16. So sad..Mother nature is been fierce...making us think of all the damage we are inflicting on her.

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  17. CA has had a bad year too. First the drought, killing so many trees and now the fires to burn the fuel. Very scary.

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  18. It was the summer of wild fires here too and oh my the Earth is calling for us to heed its warning....but we are still deaf....I was mesmerized by this amazing piece and the image.

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  19. great! You are always moving along. :)
    ZQ

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  20. Does it seem, we reap what we sow?

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  21. I can only echo what others have said. Thank you for sharing

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  22. We often have fearful bushfires in Australia, too. I can certainly relate to what you describe.

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