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Raging Fire
by J C Howard

Monday, September 05, 2011
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As fires rage throughout Texas and Oklahoma, I give thanks for the valient efforts of the firemen that were able to save my home.


Turtle shells and abandoned nests fallen from the trees,

Drifts of ash, like dirty snow, bring me to my knees.

 

The garden scorched, the woodland torched.

No song of bird, no cricket heard.

 

No leaf, no thatch, no underbrush,

Mother Nature whispers in the hush.

 

My power you see in the brown and the black,

As firemen fight her burning shroud back.

 

Nearby windows shatter then split,

House paint puckers as flames lick.

 

Quiet now with firemen gone from the home and the brush,

I sift through the mud and now the mush.

 

There an album in a crushed desk,

I stop to clutch it and sit for a rest.

 

I say to myself, push on as I must,

Tho' I am without burn, my possessions are dust.

 

I look to the heavens and give Thanks for the morrow.

Pray for the rain, then give way to my sorrow.

 

 

 

 

 

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Reviewed by Dark Knight 6/16/2013
wonderful poem
Reviewed by John Domino 7/9/2012
Well written poem. Praise the Lord you are OK. Amen
Reviewed by Melie Bacon 3/19/2012
At least the dogs survived and no one was injured...possessions are replaceable, with the exception of photographs and keepsakes. It was nevertheless traumatic and an unpleasant experience that can only serve as a reminder of our mortality. Condlences.
Reviewed by Frances Seymour 3/17/2012
Well written with clarity and definition. Thanks for sharing! Blessings...Frances
Reviewed by Donna Swanson 2/26/2012
Only those who experience such a loss can perfectly describe it. You do it so well!
Reviewed by dan Rosenhagen 2/11/2012
Very nice J C, most certainly, though sometimes hidden amongst our sorrow and grief,
there is something to be greatful for. And often enough it is or will become more valuable than what has been lost.

peace and love
dan
Reviewed by Laurel Lamperd 1/8/2012
It would be dreadful to be burnt out. The scene looked similar to an Australian bush fire destroyed landscape except the trees in your photo have straight trunks.
thanks for reading my poem
Reviewed by JMS Bell 12/22/2011
IN WORDS AND IMAGERY YOU HAVE CONVEYED THE DEVASTATION OF THOSE WHO DID LOSE THEIR HOMES AND THEIR POSSESSIONS...A POWERFUL WORK. THANK GOD NO LIVES WERE LOST; INDEED...'I LOOK TO THE HEAVENS AND GIVE THANKS FOR THE 'MORROW...' ONE CAN START AGAIN. THANKS FOR SHARING. LOVE, BLESSINGS AND FAITH...JOYCE * HIS INSPIRATIONS
Reviewed by Annabel Sheila 12/19/2011
Sad story, but nicely penned! You put me there watching the scene unfold...

Anna
Reviewed by Morgan McFinn 12/12/2011

Very sweet, J.C.

'Mother Nature whispers in the hush'...ain't that the truth!
Reviewed by Michael Hollingsworth 12/7/2011
Very good well written poem. There is always something for which we can be thankful.
Reviewed by m j hollingshead 10/19/2011
well said
Reviewed by Elizabeth Russo 9/21/2011
Such an emotional and moving piece of reality. The fire situation is such a tragedy for so many, but your thankful spirit shines through in this poem. ~Best, Elizabeth
Reviewed by Janna Hill 9/17/2011
A commanding presentation JC and a beautiful closing. My condolances.
Janna
Reviewed by Mary Lacey, Desertrat 9/17/2011
J C,

I could never imagine going through such a thing. It must have been horrible. But thank God your still alive. And Bless the firemen that save you. This was heart-wrenching, True stories usually are. Wonderful write.
Reviewed by Michelle Mead 9/10/2011
I'm so sorry to hear of your loss. A fire is like a thief in the night, leaving you to feel violated by its all consuming power. I remember the feeling all too well. Blessings and prayers to you and yours xxx Michelle
Reviewed by Debbie Lacy 9/7/2011
Powerful poem! It's so sad & devastating how these blazing fires has destroyed a lot of nature's beauty in Texas of which I live also! Praying that God sends us rain. Thanks for sharing such a powerful poem. :)

Debbie
Reviewed by Christine Tsen 9/7/2011
How frightening...
Wonderful poem, images flash vibrantly, but you must have been filled with gut-wrenching fear and dread!
Blessings,
Christine
Reviewed by Regis Auffray 9/6/2011
A most apt and timely and meaningful write, JC. You present the horror caused by such powerful fires. I have a poem posted here at AD entitled "Afterburn" which touches on the same theme. Thank you for sharing. Love and best wishes,

Regis
Reviewed by baz busbe 9/6/2011
Wow an amazing poem and frightening experience, fire is such a powerful destructive force. Well done to the fireman who faught long and hard against it. God bless. Baz
Reviewed by Jo VonBargen 9/5/2011
Wow. What a picture you paint here! House paint puckers... Great writing, J C. Thank heavens you're all right. My heart goes out to all who lost everything. We've had the same thing here in Texas, now today outside of Austin.
Reviewed by Lonnie Hicks 9/5/2011
Out of sorrow, which so vividly express you have memorialized here beautifully. This stands for me as one of your best among many. You made me feel it, see it, understand it and remember it.
Reviewed by Janice Scott 9/5/2011
This is really powerful, JC. What a terrifying experience - glad you came through OK.



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