am so very glad that I am alive and well
relieved to be at least thirty k from hell*

sad knowing 1.64 million hectares were barbecued
lives, homes, crops, livestock lost … our daily food

so many have been screwed
by this fierce flaming feud

no point offering a platitude
as safety and security elude

the nation in drought no time to brood
as the wildfires are of great magnitude

for health and home I have gratitude
pray for critters and every farmer dude

we are alive now
can we heed nature’s lesson
in order to thrive

dVerse, Monday Gratitude, Frank .. sorry took poetic license and did my own style

hell* = in less than a month wildfires have burnt nearly 600 homes, 4 people, livestock and wildlife … please note that it is still spring and these statistics are for my state of NSW only … other states have recorded similar losses!


  1. I wanted to write that the arsonist’s bad behavior should not only be punished, but others should be taught the risk of such mindless burning. In Europe, people imaginatively burn dry grass, so there are dangerous fires. Regards

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  2. How to prevent it? To speak, to appeal, to show the damaging effects of human irresponsibility.
    The arsonist should be branded. I may be wrong, but I think that there is not enough about such reprehensible behavior.

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  3. I love your rebel poetry! In poetry most rules were made to be broken (at least a little)! Climate change is real! It isn’t just global warming – we are seeing droughts and floods, high temps and arctic air blasts, and all sorts of natural disasters. Please know I’m praying for all the people across the world that are suffering from fires, famines, and floods! (and they are all linked)

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  4. So sad. So scary. So tragic. 😦
    Thank you, SweetKate, for continuing to make us all aware and informed. Awareness is needed before action can occur.
    I do think Mother Nature is trying to tell us something. I wonder if anyone (especially those who can effect some real changes) is listening. 😦
    I hope no more #’s are added to those stats.
    (((HUGS))) prayers and ❤

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    • as it’s only spring I guess it has to climb … our politicians are avoiding it all together after one community bagged them out for taking photo opportunities while avoiding any action!

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  5. It’s difficult to stay grateful when confronted with such destruction. Stay safe.

    Have you considered adding a haiku after your last stanza? That would transform your whole poem into a poetic haibun, a truly a vante gard version of the form. 😉

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