After the Fire

RoyAllen Hunt

Joined May 2008

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FEATURED IN: “The Redbubble Boomers” group, September, 2011

Colored pencil, oil pastel and watercolor on Canson sketchpaper. The sort of modernist effect was achieved with Photoshop.

I stood staring out of the kitchen window.
The fire ran down the hills
like fingers of lava flowing
over the homes that were once visible on the crests.
As the sky dimmed the flames burned brighter.
First they flowed down in one direction
coming closer to us,
then they veered away
Till only the glow was visible from the other side of the hills.
As the sky grew darker the liquid fingers changed their flow
again back toward us
Plumes of black smoke billowed in the sky
The smell of it with the heat was stifling
The sound of helicopters and air tankers carrying water
to battle the fire storm
was constant and caused the house to rattle and to shake.
The dog was anxious I had brought her inside the night before
because of the poor air and the ash that fell like big snowflakes.
She went outside with me only to make.
My face was covered with a damp towel
as I didn’t have time to get particulate masks.
I had sealed all doors and windows as advised.
My mother-in-law, short on memory and long in years,
appeared in the doorway behind me and spoke
“Mira Roy, estoy lista para salir.”
She held in her hands a small travel bag
She smiled trust at me.
Earlier in the day I had explained that it might be
necessary to evacuate.
Her sons returned from their family reunion
up state an hour or so afterwards.
Just in time.
Only moments later the orders to evacuate
came across the TV screen.
Two weeks passed.
When Doña Rebeca returned to her home
The hills were barren of life.

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