From the Book of Tears*

Prayers for our Australian friends:

Having swallowed
the drought-dried leaves,
the joeys and koalas,
the dingoes, bees
and honeyeaters,
the flames devour
all but memories,

Fury and form collide.
Even the stars
vacate the sky.

One hears
the evil roar,
hears sighs and moans
of an ecosystem dying.
Thick smoke claims both
sun and moon; the flames
outshone only by the light
of friends helping friends.

 

The title was inspired by Bush Poet Merv Webster’s
Book of Laughter and Tears.

Merv, we are praying that you and Chrissie and family
are safe from harm.

David Redpath has depicted the conflagration here:

The Heart of Fire

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