Friday, March 13, 2009

Bushfire and Blessing


So it finally ended.
The blitzcrieg of blistering blazing.
The tsunami of hellfire heat.
The charred cars are cool,
The millions of burnt animals
Are disappearing into the undergrowth.
The survivors are squaring their shoulders.
And the dead are being remembered.
Rain falls.
And look!
Already the miracle is happening!
Here and there an impudent green shoot
Sprouting from charred wood!
Squares its shoulders too.
In two years time
The grief
Will be green.


Jinksy said...

Ain't Nature great?! As well as poem...

Winifred said...

That says it so eloquently Brenda.

Margaret Gosden said...

Shades of Phoenix? Well rimed and so on target!

Kat said...

I remember the tsunami in our Country. So well said"... In two years time, The grief, Will be green... - Nature applies the medicine called 'time' to heal.

LA Nickers said...

What promise.

OK, I am laughing myself silly here, because the captcha code for this comment is this:


too funny.

Sherry Blue Sky said...

I LOVE this poem, and most especially "in two years time, the grief will be green". Wonderful and hopeful - and true. SO well done!

Susannah said...

This is brilliant!

I love how you captured the shock and intensity in the first half of the poem and then in the middle you showed the sense of coming to terms with it. Then you showed the resurrection that nature brings forth and
"In two years time
The grief
Will be green."
Is such a perfect ending.

I always like your poems but this one really captured me, I thought it was so well done! :-)

Paul Andrew Russell said...

'In two years time
The grief
Will be green.'

I love those lines, Brenda.

Kerry O'Connor said...

You have described a bushfire as only one who has seen it first hand. The worst image for me always is the charred remains of animals who could not out-run the blaze...

Liliana Negoi said...

i hate when my comments sound like a cliche - because people have already captured in their comments the beauty of your writing :). your poem is exquisite, both due to the merciless description in the first part, and to the hope rising from the second. the line "The blitzcrieg of blistering blazing." is very expressive. but just like all the others said, the last lines
"The grief
Will be green"
are the candy on the cake!

flaubert said...

Love this, it is full promise.

Ella said...

I love the ending "grief will be green"
Nicely Done~