Kinglake West, one Saturday afternoon.

The roar of the fire was a part of them now
as it engulfed their trapped vehicle.
The noise was gut-wrenching;
a warped sickening symphony of howling jet engines,
screaming children and
fizzing Catherine wheels.

A rear tyre exploded and
as the car slumped to the ground
the rear window shattered
with a dull thud.

Opportunistic smoke;
acrid, black, ember laden smoke
poured in through the large hole and
the heat of a blast furnace seared through them.
He shook his head softly to himself ‘so this is it then?’

He felt a jolt of icy calmness shoot through the veins of
his already singed body.
The unrelenting banshee maelstrom
shrieked and screamed
and hammered madly at the melting vehicle.

Despite the vice-like grasp of terror

that pinned him where he sat,
he reached his hand out
through the smoke
towards his softly coughing wife.

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  • Lisa  Jewell
    Lisa Jewellalmost 6 years ago

    Will respond in full – to this amazing tribute another time….

    I am so chocked up…………

  • yes, it’s beyond shocking now..

    – Rex Inkpen

  • PJ Ryan
    PJ Ryanalmost 6 years ago

    Oh. My. God.

    This is so powerful, shocking and sad .. you delivered it well.

  • thanks PJ. what a bloody catostrophe..

    – Rex Inkpen

  • PJ Ryan
    PJ Ryanalmost 6 years ago

    it’s horrific .. devastating :(

  • linaji
    linajialmost 6 years ago

    boy..oh boy.. am I glad to have met you.. you sure can teach me about the ‘moment’ of writing.. fricken amazing!!

  • Ushna Sardar
    Ushna Sardaralmost 6 years ago

  • Rex Inkpen
    Rex Inkpenalmost 6 years ago

    thank you…

  • Sally R
    Sally Ralmost 6 years ago

    I am lost for constructive words Rex, for any words in fact. I am still in the car where you put me.

  • Rex Inkpen
    Rex Inkpenalmost 6 years ago

    thank u netta, hopefully they are now in heaven, those who perished in that other place..

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