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Where’s your dance, old tree?

The wind plays –

let’s see you sway,

I long to hear

your rustling green.

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Did Autumn tighten up

your knots

and sap your limbs

too soon?

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It seems that Pan

has left you,

tail tucked between his legs

when he saw the horizon

turning black

instead of blue.

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And now I too must hurry off

to find my cave and pray

that dawn

will wring out the mourning

and wash the ash away.

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(c) 1980, 2019  Betty Hayes Albright

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This is an old one, revised. It was originally written in 1980, two months before Mount St. Helens erupted a hundred miles away from us. (A dear friend of mine died in the eruption, along with her husband and two children.)  I always assumed the poem was a premonition of that tragic event, but it seems to also fit in with current events on this dear old planet of ours.  (The original version was posted here in 2014.)

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P.S. Once again I’m behind reading blogs. Will hopefully catch up with you all soon!

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Without enough rain

even so-called weeds succumb –

no prejudice there.

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(c)  2015  Betty Hayes Albright

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In light of all the huge wildfires that have broken out on the west coast of the USA and in other parts of the country and the planet, I wanted to make a clarification on the poem, “And so it just kept burning”:

As most of you already know, the fire in my poem represents global climate change, which naturally contributes to the severe weather we’ve been experiencing the last few years (including the drought fueled wildfires). May we finally listen to the scientists who gave warning decades ago, and do what we can to save our earth – before it’s too late.

My deepest respect to the thousands of fire fighters who are risking their lives every day in fighting the actual fires. My heart goes out to those who have lost their lives and those who have lost property here in Washington State and elsewhere. 

Sincerely,

Betty 

August 24, 2015

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(P.S. Hoping to be back soon with new poetry. Also looking forward to catching up with everyone.)

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No one went to stop the fire

all were singing in the choir

praying for the end of drought

no one put the fire out.

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 (c) 2015 Betty Hayes Albright
 

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(photo from Wikipedia)

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