Ashes

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Ashes

Ashes

In the puddle

Tell a story.

Embers

On the tree-line

Blacken the view.

Once there were trees,

Now blackened silhouettes

Stand on a hill.

Fire

Came right through here.

Stock

Were mustered.

Panic

In the ute

Drove them too.

Storm

Brought some rain,

Slowed the flames.

Ashes

In the puddle

Hold the story

Of that day.

Simon C.J. Falk           6 December 2013

Not far from where I currently live a fire raged during this week.  The “Smith’s Lane” fire burnt a swathe of grassland and scrubby hills between Springdale and Stockinbingal.  Properties were damaged, with homes and lives at risk.  The free-verse above attempts to put us into the story of what happened.  Hopefully it aids our understanding of what some families both had to endure and are still to recover from.

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