Wildfire in the Desert

Smoke rises and curls

And with a boney finger

Touches outer space

Weaving fine strands of gray

Into a blanket soft and warm

Cover the valley

Chokes the breath

From young and old

Landscape hidden in thick cloud

Hangs in the air

Whispers secrets that are burning

Not so very far away

Woodland critters

Cannot get away

Trees can’t run

They see it coming

Still they stand

As if the fire won’t burn

Their branches

And all that rest there

Hot breath of the demon

Known as fire

Red and yellow

Hot as hell

Do the devil’s work

Burn the desert

Ring the bells

Scar the landscape

Smoke tumbles into the valley

Pray for rain

To quench the fire

Map of location of Fire
Smoke from Wildfire

8 thoughts on “Wednesday June 29, 2011

  1. I love the opening lines before you become specific to the fire and its destruction. Also the association of the fire with demons and Hell. I can smell the brimstone.


  2. wow….great words and photos…i can see a painting here….Fire….we live in the mountains…in the forrest…..so we know how fires can take over…..thanks for sharing Ann

  3. new mexico is my home away from and this tears at my heart–I won’t be there this summer and am thinking how frightened I am for this beautiful place and all of the wonderful people I know who might have to leave their homes..beautiful and frightening photos–my thoughts and prayers are with you and yours..c

  4. i hope that you are ok…was reading a bit about them this morning…the fire itself has allure and even in its passing brings life but also death…

    1. I think I have seen worst, smoke. But the mountains were lost to me this morning. Last night the sky was incredible, so beautiful, and this morning the sun rise was without equal. It is just that in the desert, everything is so “on the edge,” already. It is austere, it is like love. And the scars will last a life time. Thanks Brian, for your kindness. Annell Livingston HC 74 Box 21860 El Prado, NM 87529

      annell@taosnet.com http://www.annelllivingston.com http://www.somethingsithinkabout-annell-annell.blogspot.com https://annellannell.wordpress.com

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