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A Trail of Fire
by Paul D Berube

Saturday, September 29, 2012
Rated "G" by the Author.
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The forest seems quiet today
Not a single sound can be heard
No footfalls of a deer or moose
Or even the song of a bird

They know that something's going on
Instinct tells them it just feels wrong
Then the smell suddenly hits them
The pungent odor's very strong

They sense the fire in the distance
They know where it's heading today
They freeze trying to figure out
How they might get out of its way

Their very lives are in danger
And those within their families
Every ground dwelling creature
And those that live within the trees

The fire is all too consuming
It burns and shows no mercy at all
It will kill the smallest insects
And cause the tallest trees to fall

The heat will create crazy winds
That won't follow any known rule
And it will reach out in hunger
As it is searching for fresh fuel

Maybe someone dropped a lit match
Or forgot to drown a camp fire
This forest filled God's animals
Could become a funeral pyre

Yes, we can prevent forest fires
As there are so many lives at stake
Never let our kids play with matches
Drown our camp fires for everyone's sake


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Reviewed by Erin Kelly-Moen 10/19/2012
Wonderful form to this piece, Paul like fire, rearranging itself in every stanza! And the cadence was perfect! Seems a poem which should be read in elementary schools, everywhere!

Erin Elizabeth Kelly-Moen
Reviewed by TONY NERONE 10/13/2012
A very timely post, Paul. And also well defined. A job well done as always........GOD BLESS YOU and YOURS........Tony
Reviewed by MaryGrace Patterson 10/8/2012
Excellent points made ! There are way too many firs caused by some who are very careless....M
Reviewed by Clarence Prince 9/30/2012
Hopefully they will read this "A Trail of Fire" and take your advice, Paul! Well done!
Reviewed by Ronald Hull 9/30/2012
Good advice, especially at times as dry as these in many parts of the country. The strange thing is fires have always been a part of a forest growth and regrowth. Studies have shown that the successful efforts to contain fires over the years have caused many areas that would've had fires to grow heavy undergrowth under the trees, causing the catastrophic fires we see today.

Reviewed by John Domino 9/30/2012
Hi Paul,

Your poem is surely an eye opener for all. God's animals know when trouble is near but they have to trust us to use good judgement. God help the forest and His precious creatures who live there.

Peace, love and blessings,

John Michael Domino
Reviewed by Darrell and Kathy Adams 9/29/2012
Forest fires are so devestating and you capture that well. I particularly liked the line "will reach out in hunger as it is searching for fresh fuel" attibuting near human attributes which starkly clarifies the carnage it wreaks. Thank you for this reminder for all of us. Be well, Kathy
Reviewed by Connie Faust 9/29/2012
A frightening scene to behold...a good message for all.

Reviewed by Budd Nelson 9/29/2012
very good Paul i so agree, the wild places should be for our natural friends, save both
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