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crystal conrickknight


Clang went the metal across the wooden ladder,
black smoke engulfing the air,
dog barking in the distance,
I just have to get in there,
Heat blistering heat and flames every corner,
shouts of help,
touching, feeling, stepping, slowly one foot before another,
a muffled cry nearby,
a child lifts his smoke covered arms and cries,
gently holding him to my chest I ask if anyone is there with him,
only my mom as he points,
I hand the child safely through the window to another fireman,
as I step gently on looking for the mother,
ma'am? are you in here? no reply,
then like a clearing in a field for half a second I see her draped over a chair,
as I reach out throwing her over my shoulder and not a minute to soon,
exiting the building,
mother and child united,
all but lives lost in the blaze.
Quietly I hear her say,
'What was most important was saved.'

Submitted: Monday, June 16, 2014

Topic of this poem: Courage

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A fireman's tale of a day at work.

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  • Rookie - 607 Points Saadat Tahir (6/16/2014 1:06:00 PM)

    so touching and wonderful...
    the magic of helping some one...especially saving his her life

    very nice
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