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News: 02/01/2018

Fire-inspired poetry



A Child's Fire Storm


By Joseph Willard, Kenwood

How did the children handle the fire?
Were they frightened? Did they cry?
Did they have to run for their lives?
Did a stranger guide them to safety?
When can we go home?
Not just yet my little ones
Not til Our Lord says it's O.K.
This shelter is our home for a while
Hundreds of Angels are caring for us
We play games to pass the time
Hide and go seek, please don't peek
The Angels touch us, pat our shoulders
They say, Are you alright?
Go pick out your favorite toy
Eat what you want, dance with joy
The children play while their parents pray
The children play like it's Christmas Day
Can we go home now, they want to know
Not til Our Lord says, It's O.K.
Not til Our Lord says, It's O.K.



aparagraha


By Maurine Killough, Cavedale Road

aparigraha is a sanskrit word expressing non-possessiveness, non-grasping or non-greediness. it is the opposite of the desire for possessions. our beloved cinque terre, our retreat in sonoma, has burned to the ground. this poem was born from that experience. shiva has two meanings. One is the Hindu God, Shiva the Destroyer but there is also the Hebrew term shiva, the week long mourning period after a death.

shiva came through this place
smoke signals foretold
Destroyer
wiper of slates
Destroyer, you hit your mark
smeared your body with our ashes
crumbled our city
of material dreams, security illusions.
that which you have reduced to settled piles
disintegrates my grasp of worldly form
with one fierce sweep you've left me clinging
my fist clenching
nothing but material ash
oh shiva, open my eyes sealed by
beholding the “Plan”
my hands wail, they pound futile rage,
but all that is left is suffocating ash, a strangle of fear.
run! shiva has swept through here.
run for your life. run until you collapse in the horror stilled by the dissolution
and stand in it, melting like ice in fire
stand in the loss, in the center of it all, in the calm eye of the hurricane
release my false grip
travel through shiva's eyes where destruction offers a path, that if taken
shows the soul beyond the pointless grasp, false security
aparagraha
shiva, destroyer
cut the cords to my grasp of that which is not my soul
leave only the cinders of what never belonged to me
force my hand open to lay on my heart
embrace eternal heart beat
let what has been taken
blow away in the winds
leaving me standing with palms open
on shiva's purified ground.



Untitled


By Arthur Dawson

You better watch out
You better not cry
Better not pout
I'm telling you why
Army Corps is coming to town


They're making a list
They're checking it twice;
They're gonna find out what's toxic and nice
Army Corps is coming to town


They see homes quickly downsized
And not from an earthquake
They'll be here to clean the mess up
So you can rebuild for goodness sake!


You better watch out!
You better not cry
Better not pout
I'm telling you why
Army Corps is coming to town



Poem for the Ashton Family


by David Cisco

Do the roots grow strong here? Yes they do, my dear, yes they do.
Do you think it'll take long here?
Yes I do, my dear, yes I do.
Will we have to be strong now?
That's for sure, my dear, that's for sure.
Is it really all gone here?
Not at all, my dear, not at all. In fact it's all still here, he said.
As he touched his heart and head and waved his hand across the blackened land.
It's all right here, my dear, it's all right here.
So we rolled 'em up, and set to work, only stopping long enough to laugh and I guess if not more, twice we cried.
But what the fire couldn't take was in his eyes, in his eyes.
What was left behind was ever more alive.




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