BUSHFIRES

a poem by Lee Emmett, Australia - poetry writer, author, poet

bushfires

takes me back
to Ash Wednesday

baby four days old
hubby installing aircon
into window space

mate rings
fire in Birdsland

go outside
over forty, North wind
see huge mushroom smoke cloud
growing bigger with each breath

panic
we're out of here
NOW!

grab son, daughter
two doonas
up the path
into the car

pass schoolkids
walking home

stop at brother-in-law's
home in Vermont South
then move on to sister's
in Balwyn

overnight

wonder if home survived
worry about neighbours
can't get through to friends
on the telephone

yes, home survived
we survived

post-traumatic stress effects
set off every time siren sounds
feel deep empathy for those
currently under fire

Copyright Lee Emmett 04.03.19

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