The ridge is aflame,

Get close and it is too hot.

She is burning up, spreading her

Fury over everything she touches.


The dry pines crackle and whine,

Faces flush with her burning heat.

Water drops from helicopters.

Firefighter’s hoses dance at the borders of the blaze.

Hearts pounding we are burning inside,

Praying for cooling.


Feel the flame heating and melting the ground

Around you, fire spreading in underground roots

Blistering and blazing the mountain down,

Acrid odors and ribbons of smoke sweltering from the inferno.

What do we know?


Remember climbing that mountain?

We did not master it.

What do we know about fire on the mountain?

She teaches us. What?

To be fighters of fires.


About m.a. wood

writer, thinker, musician, teacher
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6 Responses to Wildfire

  1. amabear says:

    interesting that something so important to our species was originally taken from wildfire.


  2. kirizar says:

    On a totally unrelated note, I recently learned that there is a species of bird that is dying out in Michigan because we no longer have so many brush fires that race through the forest in which the larger trees survive but all the underbrush is reduced to char. So, perhaps all forest fires aren’t as bad as you think?


    • m.a. wood says:

      yes, several trees actually have oils that encourage fire, because they need it for their seeds to germinate. These plants encourage fire by having leaves covered in flammable resins.Vegetation that is burned by fire provides a rich source of nutrients that nourish remaining trees. the benefits are plentiful.

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  3. kirizar says:

    Interesting, you sound like a scientist, and yet you write like a poet. Am I narrow-minded that I see this as an inherent contradiction?


  4. kirizar says:

    “What is this I see before me? Is it a paramecium? Is it a spore? Is it a colonized petri dish? Or is it a petri dish of the mind?” (Shakespeare, if he were a man of science.)

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