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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Just makes me ache in the deep smoke that covers the peace of so many when the fires rage. My mom and dad grew up in Oregon, and I still have most of my family there. Knew they said it was bad this year. And as in your words, there are fires that are always trying to burn over us; to consume us. May we find endless healing in the Lord. So powerful.

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An Owl on the Moon,
Your review is very accurate. Natural devastation and emotional devastati.. read more



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Hi Duncan, It is so good to see you here. Thanks for reading my stuff! I hope this early December fi.. read more
Just makes me ache in the deep smoke that covers the peace of so many when the fires rage. My mom and dad grew up in Oregon, and I still have most of my family there. Knew they said it was bad this year. And as in your words, there are fires that are always trying to burn over us; to consume us. May we find endless healing in the Lord. So powerful.

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1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Kathy Van Kurin

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An Owl on the Moon,
Your review is very accurate. Natural devastation and emotional devastati.. read more
I am delighted that you have been able to capture this personal experience which must have consisted of moment upon moment of mixed and confused emotions and uncertainties but which you came through with strength anew, faith and dignity....N

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Kathy Van Kurin

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Veville Petitt,
Iv'e never desired rain as much as this last summer, the hottest I can rememb.. read more
This has been the year of wildfires. The latest in California is truly horrific. As Don McLean wrote 'fire is the Devil's only friend'. Fire is God's purifier and after the flames pass the earth once again puts forth new life. Good write, Kathy.

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Kathy Van Kurin

1 Month Ago

So much more than any of us have seen, your so right! I guess that all we can do is just move forwar.. read more
Internal reflections mused over in the face of witnessing the violent destruction of nature.

No matter what one bears witness to, the human mind is extremely adept at seeking greater truth; always taking the image of the eye and searching for deeper clarity in the recesses of the mind.

Having seen the hellish destruction of forests from fire, you have searched within yourself for a meaning behind its occurence. Sometimes, a flame is just that....a flame. And no deeper thought is required. Just a sad introspection at the loss of natural beauty. But as we know, in time, that beauty will be reborn. And magnified in its brilliance.

Your write is both philosophical and hopeful in tone. And as always, written in a very eloquent style; straight from the soul of nature's warrior.

A wonderful piece of work, as always.

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Kathy Van Kurin

1 Month Ago

Doodley,
It's been a lovely experience to relate with others in writing and thought here on t.. read more
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

2 Months Ago

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

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Kathy Van Kurin

2 Months Ago

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

2 Months Ago

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

2 Months 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

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