Mornings still break

dawns as misty cold and silver dusted

as the last

and we breathe deep

not in thanks, in trembling—

though guns crack

there are no flames

and death comes in ones and twos

not cloaked in fire-blinding

winding sheet,

that at least.


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Jane Dougherty

I used to do lots of things I didn't much enjoy. Now I am officially a writer. It's what I always wanted to be.

27 thoughts on “Fire”

      1. Thing is they have already lost a huge amount of wildlife through loss of habitat. If they don’t take very good care of what they have left, they’ll lose everything. Houses mushroom overnight.

  1. I’m a couple of days behind in responding (emergency house-care and cat-care for friends, and the cats are friends), but I’ve read today (Sunday) about the fires getting worse. They keep getting worse. It’s awful, frightening–you express the fright so effectively (for me, the winding sheet is a scary metaphor)–and how many must feel that there’s no hope.

    1. Today was a temperature peak I think. Half of the fires are completely out of control. Whether the Australian people will wake up to the rampantly destructive policies their governments have been pursuing in terms of the environment, is a moot point.

      1. The suffering of everything there is so terrible. People, animals, plants and trees, living space for everyone. There are problems with fires in the USA. And in Amazon, certainly. For those who make decisions and those who live with them, there is no bigger, brighter signal that change is compulsory.

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