Eagle Creek Fire


Photograph and poem by Emily Bittel

Eagle Creek Fire  2017

I breathe, and smoke fills my lungs.

The forest I love is burning –

The place we first backpacked together.

The senseless loss is staggering.


What will be left when the burning is done?

We will shuffle through ash

Shake it from our socks into little piles on the floor of the tent.


Perhaps our grandchildren’s children

Will gaze up with wonder

At the lofty heights of the douglas fir

Through the filter of vibrant vine maple.


I pray for rain as the ash drifts down from the sky

Flakes of a forest I once knew

The last time light will shift through its leaves.

Head in my arms, I cry


Maybe, just maybe, my tears will water the desolation.


I thank Emily for sharing her personal poem.  Below is a picture from katutv, a split screen of what the Bonneville Dam looks like normally, and now during the fire.  My heart goes out to all those working the PNW fires, the critters who make the forests their home, and the forests themselves.  Photo: National Coast Trail Association


May Day – by Lemon Shark

The fire of the sun In a spray of bright flowers Spring turns to Summer Petals float down from blue skies Dancing with me in the breeze May Day A spring holiday celebrated for millennia around the world, usually with flowers, crowning of a May Queen, and dancing around the maypole. Every […]

via May Day Celebrations — Lemon Shark

“safe from harm”

The following is a poem by Godistricksy.  I adore the squirrels that dash around our yard and hang upside down to grab seeds from the birdfeeders.  They taunt the neighbor’s cat but play nice with the birds and doves who come to share the back yard bounty.  Hope you enjoy his poem as well.

     safe from harm

i spent

a lazy afternoon

watching squirrels








running corkscrew

rings around ringed

trees flush

with verdant spring,


stopping only

to scratch an itch

or watch a plump

pigeon snoozing.


i wish

i was a squirrel.

tree dancing.

safe from bombsandcarsandknivesandguns.


a silver flash

in the canopy,

watching plump

pigeons snoozing.

via safe from harm — The world according to Godistricksy