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Monday, 16 October 2017

The Awesome Wind, Northern California, 2017

Our world’s on fire. The wind blusters across
the countryside, taunting us to fear its awesome
power, sparks the ember, turns everything to char.
Fire lives inside the tree, hollows out the core.
A squirrel clings to a branch. We watch as fire
inhales, then spits out fur and bone. No relief
until the wind calms and fire sates its hunger.
The sky is not a sky we’ve ever known. Ash rains
down spectral and acrid. We can hardly breathe.

© Nancy Scott

Some evacuation orders lifted in Northern California fires; death toll at 40

Nancy Scott is author of nine books of poetry. Many of her poems deal with social justice issues.
She resides in New Jersey, USA.


  1. Very evocative writing! A stirring piece.

  2. Carolina Morales17 October 2017 at 17:21

    Wow, great poem! Evocative and stirring.