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Bush Fire

Smooth trunk orange
Purple shine
Parched grey
Hanging on
Drought big time

River gum statuesque
Dove greys and blues
Limbs crashing
In the wind
Sap bleeding hues

Afternoon sunshine
Sparkle dancing leaves
No water
In the ground
Swooning tree grieves

Lightening strikes
Flames leap out
Roar through
Tinder dry
Long time drought

Parched earth
Scorched dry
Burning barren
Landscape bare
Trees all die

Rain comes
Smell the air!
Releases seed
Saplings shoot
New gum trees everywhere.

Bush Fire

Estelle O'Brien

Mid North Coast, NSW, Australia

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Artist's Description

Please also see sweetscent62 ’s beautiful “Bushfire” painting which this poem is proud to accompany.

I live in rough mountianous terrian in one of the most bushfire prone areas in the world. With summer temperatures often in the mid 40s and strong winds – watching the sky for smoke is a constant subconscious summertime habit. However, bushfire is a natural phenomenon and some gum tree seeds do not germinate unless they are burnt by fire. We are surrounded by thousands of beautiful eucalypts of many varieties…I have seen them devastated by fire only to return stronger than ever the next year or two. We have also just come through a seven years drought and although gum trees are so hardy, a few didn’t make it.

Artwork Comments

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