Wild Fire–dVerse Poets


Henry and Adele by Judith Clay

Henry and Adele by Judith Clay

I play lilting music
in my heavy heart,
dream of blue skies
and the song of birds,

pay no heed to smoke
and nature’s dying
until I hear the mournful
call of doves.

Northern Nevada is the recipient of smoke from two wildfires in California, including the devastating Rim Fire near Yosemite. Another fire to the west of Tahoe began August 11th. We have had only two days with clear air that allowed me to walk the dogs. For me it’s difficult to think of the destruction of so much beauty, and especially wildlife.

This poem is in response Claudia’s prompt over at dVerse Poetics and to the wonderful art of Judith Clay. Thank you both. Stop by the pub and read some poetry and view more of Judith’s creations.

View of Reno Skyline Photo: KOLO TV 8

View of Reno Skyline Photo: KOLO TV 8

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34 thoughts on “Wild Fire–dVerse Poets

  1. Jamie Dedes says:

    A beautiful response to an ugly situation. Our hearts ache for the people and wildlife, for the trees, for the earth ….

    What a lovely painting …

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  2. shanyns says:

    Really well crafted poem. Praying for the fires to die down.

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  3. “Lilting” is the perfect word for this boys music… so devastating these fires… I am so sorry for the loss of beauty too.

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  4. tigerbrite says:

    Wonderful melancholy poem. The fall out from these fires travels for miles on the wind. I remember the house a garden being covered in ash from a fire in the next valley.

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  5. Doves do sound mournful even when they are not. But when there is death in the air, their “song” takes on a new and sad tone. I always wonder what happens to the creatures of those burned forests.

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  6. Beautiful words for such a devastating occurrence

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  7. Truedessa says:

    Lifting music for a heavy heart..hope the creatures of nature survive fires can cause so much destruction.

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  8. ManicDdaily says:

    Can’t imagine how awful that must be. Really just terrible. Wonderful poem. I hope you (and the wild) are breathing easier soon. k.

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  9. Bushfires are scary things, so unpredictable, I do hope you’re a safe distance. As we head into summer it’s worrying after last year which was terrible for fires. Mind you I heard the other day that the one emu left on the island survived the bushfires last year which was rather miraculous. So I do hope there are some miracles for your part of the world.
    I can hear the emptiness of the scarred land in your poem. I do hope it ends soon.

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  10. kkkkaty1 says:

    Touching read about what you have witnessed …every year we lose timber to fires…..homes and lives foremost…no wonder this painting was your choice.

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  11. Susan says:

    What an elegant lyric for those near the devastating fires and smoke that cover so much of California this week. The tone has resignation in it, not panic. I pray the fires are soon under control!

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  12. Glenn Buttkus says:

    I believe that the universality of music transcends all, even death & destruction; we heard our first notes within the womb, then a full classical cantata as we burst our maternal bounds, and then the songs of the wind, of the city, or your internal organs–heart & lung jazz. For 19 days, 6,000 miles to AK & back, we dodged in & out of wild fires; is it cosmic universal cleansing, or karma, penance; go figure.

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  13. Imelda says:

    Music alleviates even the heavy heart. Your poem captures both sadness and hope. Meantime, I pray that the fires be extinguished and hope for everyone’s safety.

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  14. kaykuala says:

    Reminiscent of the haze problem we had here not too long ago. It was also the result of wild-fires of large forest areas. The haze index was monitored and the high readings could determine whether outside activities and schools ought to be closed for those days. Very unhealthy air and visibility was affected. Nicely Victoria!

    Hank

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  15. annotating60 says:

    Short and sweet the sound of your poem Victoria.>KB

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  16. howanxious says:

    That is sad. You added your personal touch along with the art piece in your creation which came out gloriously.
    It is dreadful to know about the wildfires.

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  17. kelvin s.m. says:

    …sad sad sad… and to think the responsible were fellow humans… now, i feel the shame… sigh…

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  18. souldipper says:

    Oh so sad, Victoria. My heart aches, too.

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  19. Awe. I can’t imagine how devastating this must be as I live in the land of lakes. (we get flooding.) The boy’s flute is your dirge and mourning for a lost beauty.

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  20. Heartbreaking. I appreciate how you tie this environmental destruction into Judith’s mournful picture. Especially in the West we suffer from ill informed wildfire suppression policies from the past. We are left with larger, more destructive and dangerous fires today. Beautifully done.

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  21. Grace says:

    How sad to see all the smoke & destruction of nature & creatures ~ specially poignant with the mournful call of doves ~

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  22. MarinaSofia says:

    So sad to hear that, Victoria. All we can do is dream that the clear blue skies will return once more.

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  23. Laurie Kolp says:

    Oh, that makes me so sad. I hope it clears up soon.

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  24. Gabriella says:

    So sad about the fires Victoria! powerful contrast between the two stanzas.

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  25. That smoke would make me so sad.. And also for all the woods going up in flames. What a great tribute to clear skies. I can so understand why you choose that picture.

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  26. The two large fires are a long distance from us. It is the wind that continues to bring the smoke into our area which is a basin at the foot of the Sierra Nevada. There have been, however, a number of lesser wild fires closer to us. The West has suffered several years of drought. We are in a high desert region. I do agree that wild fires are part of the circle of life–that whole process of death leading to new life. For me, though, it’s hard to think of the animals and birds that are caught in it and who will lose their source of nourishment even if they do survive. But such is the way of nature.

    It’s the same with the predator/prey thing. When we’re in the desert and the baby ducks hatch each spring, the hawks and coyotes are right there. We usually start out with about 13 ducklings of which only 3-4 survive. Baby hawks, owls and coyotes need to survive, too, and there are fewer of them. And so it is.

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    • Rallentanda says:

      My commiserations. Bush fire is devastating and frightening. But even more devastating (well in Oz anyway) are , most fires are started deliberately or through carelessness by humans. A lot of the culprits are never caught and when they are the sentences are not harsh enough.The sight of the agony of burnt sheep when the farmer has to go around shooting them to put them out of their misery is a very depressing experience. Most fires can be avoided.

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  27. A beautiful poem read with a heavy heart.

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  28. Mary says:

    Those fires are so frightening; and this summer they seem to go on and on. So much sadness in the idea of nature dying. I do hope the animals can escape and find new homes. And also that the fires stay away from your area.

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  29. scillagrace says:

    I read a fascinating account of the life of a tree…towards the beginning is a wildfire that allows the seed cone to heat and open and begin germinating. Wildfire, like any other natural process, holds both life and death.

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  30. brian miller says:

    it is hard for sure….knowing how much life is being taken in a fire…and that there is an imminent threat as well should the winds shift and bring it your direction…i would def be needing some mental music to keep my thoughts occupied and in the positive side….

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  31. claudia says:

    music and esp. making music is for me too a channel to let my thoughts flow in a different direction esp. when i struggle with things… so sad on the fires and so much wonderful nature destroyed..ugh…

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  32. C.J. Black says:

    There appears to be little or no good news to report from around the globe these days hope you are a safe distance from the fire it looks out of control from the news reports I saw last night.

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