As Oregon Burns- a poem

by Alanna

As Oregon burns

A dry wind howls from the east

We extinguish the candles

 and do not sleep

As Oregon burns

A black cloud draws across the sky like a flat curtain

Led by the dark horses of the apocalypse

As Oregon burns

Smoke tumbles down the mountains

Leaving a fine layer of ash on the vegetables in my garden

As Oregon burns

Some evacuate

Some lose their homes

Some lose their towns

Some lose their lives

As Oregon burns

I gather our things and place them by the door

Lest we be next

As Oregon burns

I mourn the loss

of sacred places

The innocence of summer

To forces beyond my control

As Oregon burns

Don’t tell me you don’t think climate change is real

The smoke moves in. Photos by the author

Top photo courtesy Pixabay

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2 Comments to “As Oregon Burns- a poem”

  1. It is horrible and scary, very scary! Hope it will be over asap!

    • Yes, It has been so frightening. Fires are still burning but last night we had rain! After over a week of being housebound due to smokey conditions I could finally go out for a walk! Simple pleasures.

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