Smoke – My Weekly Poem 8/9/2021

A velvety haze has settled
far from flame and fire.
Great expanses of open fields
shrunk to misty outlines.

A forest is transported,
thrown skyward by heat and blaze,
floating back down as darkness
and blown across the landscape.

Now destined for grass and crop,
the plants and soil soak it up.
Those with eyes and lungs suffer,
gasping, and crying for it to stop.

All welcome the blessing of rain.

I wrote this during the crazy fire season of 2020 and it seems as if it may become yet another new normal.

Photo by Vincent M.A. Janssen on

This poem was posted for the previous week’s poetry prompt, Fire

Published by Vos - Poetry and Prose

IT Professional by day – Creative Muse by night

4 thoughts on “Smoke – My Weekly Poem 8/9/2021

    1. Thank you so much for the feedback. This one was inspired as I drove around closed highways to avoid two large fires on the way to Steamboat Colorado. Passing through smoke and ash had a powerful affect on me and it took a while to put into words. I’m glad the imagery landed with you.

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