The Fires in Australia

The Fires in Australia
By Pauline Harris

The burnt ash
Leave marks
Along the beach
Of what was thought
To be seaweed
Alas ancient forest ash
Or ash from homes
Now all taken
Ravaged gone
Torn from the earth
In vast bellows
Of recharged flames
Constantly destroying
All in the wake
Of each spark
Lives, land, all lost
Rains have been forecasted
Firefighters and others help
Healing hugs come from afar

note: posted this poem before

The Fires in Australia

The Fires in Australia
By Pauline Harris

The burnt ash
Leave marks
Along the beach
Of what was thought
To be seaweed
Alas ancient forest ash
Or ash from homes
Now all taken
Ravaged gone
Torn from the earth
In vast bellows
Of recharged flames
Constantly destroying
All in the wake
Of each spark
Lives, land, all lost
Rains have been forecasted
Firefighters and others help
Healing hugs come from afar

Smokey Embers

Smoky Embers

Gazing into the logs
As they begin to take flame
Engulfing embers
Combust deep within
Carrying the gazer
Towards a journey
Like no other
Captivating the soul
Enriching the feeling
Of being connected
To the oneness
Within the ever-burning
Flame
Called life
Protected
And guided
By the energies
Within the embers
Let go to fully
When left in ashes
Only to be reunited
In the new fire
By Pauline Harris

Autumn Bonfire

Over the week
We gathered branches
All shapes and sizes
Praying in our minds
Please no rain
The mound grew and grew
Ten feet tall and ten feet around

Gathering our crowd all around
Quiet, not making a sound
Lighting candles and fire both
Our eyes lit up with the bonfire
Our hearts ablaze with delight
And maybe a little fright
Crackling
Sparks shoot out
Standing back
Amazed for a bit
As time passes
Dullness sets in
Chatter on the rise
Careful, not too close
Flames are cooling down

A guitar is brought forth
Singing in tow
Songs bursting from pipes
Festive delights
Calming the heart
A wonderful ending
To the night

Until next gathering
…by Pauline Harris

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