At the Mercy of flames

My muse has been resting after the release of my latest book – Magical Whispers. I am trying to stir her with the following prompt:

dVerse Poetics #428, “Poetry as Witness”: Frank writes, “So tonight poets, let’s bear witness in our local neighbourhood.”

When I chose to write about neighborhood wildfires, she reminded me of How Fragile is Life!

She told me to share that poem again. I’ve kicked her awake yet not satisfied with her half-hearted effort.

Here it goes:

Each year I witness,
Wildfires that ravage homes
Bringing along boundless misery.

I’ve only seen the smoke
But neighborhoods go up in it
Perish forever.

Hazy skies hold little promise
As we coop inside our homes
To avoid unhealthy air.

Life goes on for us
But it halts for those
Who were at the mercy of flames.
© Balroop Singh

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30 thoughts on “At the Mercy of flames

  1. I took a picture similar to this from my front yard. Southern California on fire! Luckily, it was 5 miles away in an fairly uninhabited part of the area–only 1 house burned. Nothing is more frightening than those billowing dark clouds.

  2. As a fellow Californian, I totally get you. We just got our first significant rain in the Sacramento area, and I always breathe a sigh of relief. The new normal sucks.
    But your lovely poem at least teased some art from our anxiety. And every voice raised hopefully adds to the solution.
    Sorry it took so long to repay the blog visit, but hopefully the wait is worth it. I just bought your book. Review to follow soon. : )

    1. The clouds have been hovering here in San Ramon but just a drizzle! Thank you for coming over Cathleen, always appreciated. Wow! I am delighted to hear that you are reading another book of mine. Thanks 🤗

  3. It is hard to imagine what these people have undergone but it sounds devastating when in a matter of minutes your entire world is burned down. Lately, we have seen the wildfires causing so much devastation in the US, Brazil, Australia, Greece, and Indonesia. It is an ecological disaster. You have penned beautifully.

    1. I took this shot 3 years ago when we were driving by, though far but it was suffocating arv. We see this horror every year now and yes, it is devastating for those who have to flee, leaving everything behind. Thank you for sharing your thoughts.

  4. Beautiful poem and relatable for me, Balroop. I think you’re just across the bay, too. 🙂 The arrival of the cooler weather has been refreshing, but now a little rain would be a sigh of relief. Still, my heart breaks for those who have lost so much. This new normal is unsettling, to put it mildly.

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