Summer Fires

Summer Fires

A Poem by Kathy Van Kurin
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A day which gave opportunity for personal introspection. We here in Oregon, Idaho, Washington watched this become a very serious summer for wild fires. I and my husband hiked Eagle Creek now burned.

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Written,

August 9, 2017

 

 

This year, Canada fires kept raging a message of loss. 

Everything falls away eventually.


Alone, we answer to our own personal hurt.

  

Devastation is within and without.

Haze for days and days.

 As the saying goes; “Where there is smoke there’s fire.”


Even dreams are haunted.

Filtering down into my mind, I wash away ghosts.


This darkness must be put into submission. 

Flames try to mingle as I put them out.


The raging battle of heat’s damage is within.

 Flames of old dreams cast away.


Have I been untrue to myself; despising? 

Have I even been my own adversary?


Come now and ponder. Questions are good. 


Put away self doubt. Imprison all defeat and pain. 

These are the true enemy.


Lord God, King of compassion,

 you have given grace again.

I run to you for healing and strength.



© 2017 Kathy Van Kurin



Author's Note

Kathy Van Kurin
Went Kayaking also and watched helicopters dipping water out of the lake where we were on it. the whole day in the mountain area was one of falling ash. I think that things are improoving now, finally! We need more rain.

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Very good. As with great poetry the fires and devastation mirror internal conflagration. Witnessing such loved destruction triggers strong emotions and reminds us of the impermanence of nature and humanity.
And then there's climate change ....
Regards.
Alan

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Kathy Van Kurin

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alanwgraham,
I agree. Every experience is part of the inner being which each of us deal with... read more



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The wildfires have been raging across the continent this year...hurricanes, floods and some of the worst electrical storms I've ever seen. I enjoyed your poem.

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Kathy Van Kurin

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Fabian Franklin,
It is like the earth is reeling and groaning in pain. Thank you sir for givi.. read more
Very good. As with great poetry the fires and devastation mirror internal conflagration. Witnessing such loved destruction triggers strong emotions and reminds us of the impermanence of nature and humanity.
And then there's climate change ....
Regards.
Alan

Posted 2 Weeks Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Kathy Van Kurin

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alanwgraham,
I agree. Every experience is part of the inner being which each of us deal with... read more
As the fires on the land burn. At some point they'll come to an end. Devastation will be there for all to see. People will recover. The fire raging inside you.
That's a whole different storm. May just be the fire burning old wood. A test of faith. But something is requiring change. It's how we go about the change, i suppose is the real challenge.

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Kathy Van Kurin

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Paul Bell,
Here in the Pacific northwest we are still waiting for the Eagle Creek fire to wra.. read more
As my son-in law is a firefighter in Australia, but has recently spent a year firefighting in Edmonton,Alberta, he has given us some graphic details of the horrifying wildfires from both those countries.
These extremely hot summers may seem idealistic to "European" holiday makers, but this is not always the paradise that they see. Just like life, in your sobering poem, Kathy, the other man's grass seems always greener, but we should enjoy what WE have,


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Kathy Van Kurin

3 Weeks Ago

Yes Norman, I get what you are saying. Australia and Canada and also here in the Pacific Northwest f.. read more
It's so true we all needs God's grace, healing and strength. Your metaphor applies to any kind of loss, not just natural disaster or physical devastation. I found deep meaning in your words.

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Kathy Van Kurin

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Jennie Baron,
The commonality of experience and understanding in the words of others is so en.. read more
self-loathing doesn't really do anyone any good...the best thing to happiness and peace is to start by forgiving ourselves...and understanding that we are human.
j.

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Kathy Van Kurin

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Jacob erin-cilberto,
It's nice to have your review and reading. Self loathing? It doesn't see.. read more

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