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After The Firestorm
by RaeLynn Teller

Monday, March 24, 2008
Rated "G" by the Author.
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After The Firestorm


The firestorm has passed

Leaving tears and heartache

How could anything survive

The devastation in its wake


Still there are hot spots

Areas sometimes flare

Though control is slowly won

It’s left ruin and despair


Everything is damaged

The ground is black and charred

Huge trees are only skeletons

Life’s forever marred


The destruction’s overwhelming

Shock itself a living tomb

Time passes without concept

Not seeing beyond the gloom


Rains come and slowly cleanse

The darkened earth’s now pure

A desolate field yields tender sprouts

Life starts anew


Those enormous, burned out trees

A few have budded out

Not everything has died

Nature is showing her clout


Yes, some are gone forever

And sadness still clings near

But everything starts over

This time every year


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Reviewed by Kathy Armijo 4/16/2008
As I read this, I am also listening to the news ... more fires in the vicinity, and it's not even summer. Sheish! I wonder what kind of fire threat there'll be this year if we don't get rain.

God bless you. Kathy
Reviewed by Tinka Boukes 4/8/2008
Oh how I hate these fires.....but sometimes it happens for a good reason too...even sad to others...nature has it's own way of cleaning up a mess!!

Excellent package!!

Love Tinka
Reviewed by Michelle Mead 3/28/2008
I like the ending, it gives such hope after the sadness of the other lines, it loops around well. Good poem!! Michelle
Reviewed by Regis Auffray 3/25/2008
It incredible what these fires can do. You express this very effectively via your verses here, RaeLynn. Coincidentally, I have a poem posted here at AD entitled, "Afterburn" which is amazingly similar in theme. Thank you for sharing. Love and best wishes,

Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 3/25/2008
Rae Lynn,

Only takes an instant for it to all come crashing down 'round you - thought provoking reminder. I do hope this is fictional, but have a feeling it's not - I'm sorry - is there anything I can do?

(((HUGS))) and love, Karla.
Reviewed by Rose Rideout 3/25/2008
Such a shame when we realize how quickly the beauty that surrounds us can be destroyed, yes it will return but not for several tomorrows, for today we look at darkness and death to somehing that was meant to be. Thank you Realynn for sharing.

Love ya face Raelynn XOXO,
your Newfie friend, Rose
Reviewed by Georg Mateos 3/25/2008
But the forest life will come up from the ashes, greener, stronger, with more promises than ever, Nature doing its Phoenix rebirth after a lightning or a casual cigarette butt from a passing car.

Reviewed by Felix Perry 3/24/2008
Black sooty images flare up in the mind as I read this as much and as quickly as the flames that destroyed the forest. Strong write and I hope you werent' too near to this Rae.
Reviewed by Karen Palumbo 3/24/2008
Your photograph epitomizes the tragedies felt by many. You passionately offer hope where none once was. A very beautiful and heartfelt piece....

Be always safe,
Reviewed by Jill Eisnaugle 3/24/2008
I could not help but think of the wildfires, last year, and all of the natural disasters that befall our society. Yet, every time there's a hurricane, a tornado, or some other crisis, the victims show great strength and always come away from the destruction much better and stronger than they ever knew. From the other angle, if the meaning of your poem is taken from the angle of destructive relationships and finding happiness in the wake of the destruction, that is very true, as well.

Time heals everything; scars may remain, but those scars are reminders of where we've been and how we've grown.

Beautiful poem!
Reviewed by Jerry Bolton (Reader) 3/24/2008
From the depts of man-made hell . . . From nature's awful wrath . . . Life continues to pursue itself in the strangest and most unlikely spots . . . So do our wounded hearts . . .
Reviewed by Donna Quesinberry 3/24/2008
Sad the devastation, the rebirth happens though.

Nice poem.

Thanks, ~D.

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