ghostly galleons

the ghostly galleons
arose through the fog and smoke
then silently glided north

with the occasional burst of fire
to help them rise
showing paying guests our town

far removed from the consuming fires
that have taken three lives
and more than a hundred and fifty homes

the fog is cool and misty
rising from our river
the smoke a choking blanket

an irritating symptom of those losses
with more heat on it’s way
drought ravages our resources

all available fire fighters
and their equipment
assisting property and folk

they say it thundered through
like a speeding train
no time to prepare or run

they hunkered down as
their homes burnt to the ground
looters already stealing

anything left as those people
grieve the loss of everything
wildlife livestock nothing untouched

they claim an Indian storm
was a precursor to our maelstrom
but we live in a country of violent

extremes flood fire and drought
we all know someone touched
but pray it won’t be us …

prayers please for all those suffering …

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    • it’s the personal possessions that really cause most grief, then the disappointment that scavengers would come looting … these personal affronts do far more damage 😦

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  1. Such a poem that shows the drama of a man who looks at the fire consuming the achievements of his life. A poem about the terrible element of fire. Drought and human carelessness is the cause of many tragedies. We feel sorry, we pray.

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  2. So tragic and so sad and so scary. I join you in praying for everyone involved.
    We lived in two different places where summer fires were just a common occurrence. 😦 Many people started the summers by putting sentimental possessions (photographs, heirlooms, etc.) in their cars (as much as they could fit), so if they had to evacuate quickly, at some point, they knew they could save a few special things.
    Important, timely poem, SweetKate. Emotion evoking. Helps the reader understand and care. Thank you for writing it and sharing it.

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    • the water choppers are busy here right above my head, taking their loads to and fro plus the smoke … it’s surreal with so many homes and lives lost. This was not a usual fire area so nobody was prepared although we are constantly warned!

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  3. Poignant writing, Kate, which your personal experience makes all the more heartrending.

    Thoughts, wishes, etc. for you and your neighbors.

    Unfortunately, while some fires are our fault, i.e., kids playing with matches, untended campfires and the like, others strike with lightening’s randomness.

    We don’t usually pray for rain, but in tis case….

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  4. The fires in California…. that is what this reminds me of.
    The bad air quality for folks miles away.
    All the brave firefighters…
    May recovery be quick. Extended prayers from here.

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