Spark

A tiny spark
In an instant leaves explode
Crackle and pop, as they burn
Soon the undergrowth is alight
As the flames climb the tree trunks and engulf the canopy
Smoke spirals to the sky
The fire tower calls for help.

The first truck there is met by a fiery wall
And backtracks to a safer place
Turns the snaking water towards the approaching fireball.
Others arrive to help extinguish the red sea
Elvis brings rain from the heavens.

Soon the fury is smouldering
The last post sounds
The firefighters have fought their finest battle
Elvis returns to his homeland.
The once thriving bush, reduced to ash
Blackened beyond recognition.

A new life pokes its head above the death
The lifeless trunks have bright green hairs
The previous residents choose new homes
And life slowly returns to normal.
The fire season is now extinguished
Until next year
Waiting for another tiny spark.

Spark

Sarah Donoghue

Orange, Australia

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Artist's Description

This was my first real attempt at writing a poem (with a few edits here and there). I got inspired whilst working as a teacher when I was lucky enough to sit in on a fellow teachers class. She was giving a lesson on how to write poetry to a group of kids in Year 3-6 and was so inspirational I just had to go home and write something myself. I give all credit to this teacher for inspiring me to start writing.

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