Emily Pauline Johnson

(10 March 1861 – 7 March 1913 / Chiefswood, Ontario)

Fire-Flowers

Poem by Emily Pauline Johnson

And only where the forest fires have sped,
Scorching relentlessly the cool north lands,
A sweet wild flower lifts its purple head,
And, like some gentle spirit sorrow-fed,
It hides the scars with almost human hands.

And only to the heart that knows of grief,
Of desolating fire, of human pain,
There comes some purifying sweet belief,
Some fellow-feeling beautiful, if brief.
And life revives, and blossoms once again


Comments about Fire-Flowers by Emily Pauline Johnson

  • Karina Parchment (2/28/2020 1:46:00 PM)

    we used this poem in school a while ago 4th grade(Report)Reply

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  • Gwen Johnston (7/6/2018 8:31:00 PM)

    WE'LL always remember these poems.(Report)Reply

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  • Yu Inoue (12/3/2016 2:24:00 PM)

    I'm not very good in English, I don't understand the 2nd half of this poem. Could someone be so kind and explain the 2nd part means? , I appreciate this. Thank you.(Report)Reply

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  • Ratnakar Mandlik (1/28/2016 6:20:00 AM)

    A beautifully penned lovely poem and inspirational too. Thanks for sharing.(Report)Reply

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  • Ratnakar Mandlik (1/28/2016 6:20:00 AM)

    A beautifully penned lovely poem. Thanks for sharing.(Report)Reply

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  • Leslie SharpLeslie Sharp (9/8/2014 8:39:00 AM)

    This a lovely poem! It reminded me of how a forest is reborn after it was consume by fire. Just like a death
    of a love one. It sadden us! But the birth of a new love fills us with Joy! Let us rejoice in every breath we take and every step. Take nothing for granted and give much gratitude!(Report)Reply

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  • Lily Marie (9/11/2005 11:03:00 PM)

    Beautiful and inspirational.(Report)Reply

    Pepito(5/5/2020 7:56:00 AM)

    that is not inspirational stupid

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Poem Submitted: Thursday, January 1, 2004