Rachel Harris

Fire - Poem by Rachel Harris

It’s been dry for so long
So long since last the flowers bloomed
Blooming hatred; the land is browned and dead
Death reigns in the barrenness of the my heart
Hearts beating one against another
Another day, one more dry exchange
Exchanging looks that send sparks flying
Fly; our voices crackle as they catch flame
Flames dance with delight upon our bitterness
Bitterly I watch the blaze consuming all
All those years of brittle brush, lying in wait
Waiting, I watched my heart catch flame
Flames burning all around me; now I’m weeping
Weep, hoping the rain will quell the blaze
Blazing, the hills pay no heed to my tribute of regret
Regretting that the tears have come too late
Late into the night glowing orange, the inferno rages
Rage is lost in the destruction of my heart
Hearts are dying, now covered in the ash of an old life
But life is slowly spreading beneath the surface
Surfacing now, the earth sends up shoots of renewal
Renewed, my heart is reviving and hope rises
Rising above the pain, the anger, the barrenness
Barren no long, my heart will give birth to love
Love that grows stronger than ever before

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  • (11/1/2007 1:00:00 PM)

    You have done a great job with the extended and sustained metaphor of fire. For people who have lived only in urban environments let me assure them that the natural cycle that you so vividly describe is accurate. Duiring and for a time after a fire the area seems devastated. Howver, the burned over sections are soon full of life. With the overpowering canopy of trees gone that once blocked out the sunlight; with the thick brush gone- other plants have an opportunity to grow. Animals are attracted to the area to graze on the new growth. The hope of a new life cycle with nature running it's course. This is until man clear cuts and paves over the land. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Thursday, November 1, 2007

Poem Edited: Thursday, April 21, 2011

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