stubble still crackles
burnt fields quiver
their dry voices whisper
in devastation’s backwind
blackened trees shiver
letting fly blackened
bark and leaves – a whirlwind
of charcoal and dust
Kim M. Russell, 26th November 2018
Victoria is our host this Tuesday and she tells us that less than 3 hours from where she is the people of Paradise, California are suffering the results of the most devastating fire in California history, which is why fire has been on her mind.
She says that it’s clear that fire is destructive, but it also has purifying benefits, clearing the earth for new growth. It may symbolize the end of an unhealthy relationship. The fire in a hearth brings warmth and comfort, the burning wick of a candle, light.
For today’s Poetics, Victoria would like us to write poems in whatever form we choose about fire.