Francis Duggan


Ferny Creek Six Years On


In centuries from now people will still speak
Of the terrible fires that burnt through Ferny Creek
The massive inferno where three people died
And so many beautiful homes were destroyed.

On a Summer's day in ninety seven some six years ago
The hills around old Ferny Creek were aglow
An unknown pyromaniac had lit a huge fire
The biggest for years in the old Sherbrooke Shire.

The wooded hills of Ferny Creek today looking green
And any blackness due to burn out not easily seen
And Nature is her own best healer as everyone know
And fire germinated gum nuts into sapling gums grow.

People have built new homes and started anew
And life goes on as usual where the fires have burnt through
And those who love Ferny Creek in Ferny Creek stay
The constant threat of fire fail to drive them away.

In centuries from now historians will recall
The huge woodland fire that made others seem small
And tell of the three people who tragically died
Where so many beautiful homes were destroyed.

Submitted: Thursday, February 21, 2008
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