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Fire and Ice

“Awaken girls, house is on fire.”
We woke to situation dire.
Mother was shaking us in fear
With our small brother standing near.

“We must get out, there is no time,
Not even in other clothes to climb.
I tell you, there is no time to lose.
You must run without your coat or shoes.”

Bewildered and frightened by the fire,
The flames were growing ever nigher,
We dashed into the winter night.
In pj’s we must have been a sight.

We knocked upon our neighbor’s door
In early morning around four.
By then the flames had grown so strong
We knew the roof would fall ere long.

We’d left belongings and bungalow
To scamper through the ice and snow,
To the residence across the street.
Until then we hadn’t felt our feet.

Warmth of the room brought on the pain,
Such as I hope I never feel again.
“They’re blistering,” our neighbor said.
I’ll put you in our big spare bed.”

Our teeth were chattering, we couldn’t talk.
With blistered feet we couldn’t walk.
By then our big brother had come
To take us into his small home.

Two weeks before we walked again
Though medicine had eased the pain.
We learned when fire or ice we choose
That in either case we’re apt to lose.

By: Joyce Johnson 12/4/12

For Fire and Ice contest

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  1. Date: 12/19/2012 4:30:00 AM
    Congratulations on your awesome win my dear friend, Joyce! love/hugs, LG

  1. Date: 12/19/2012 2:48:00 AM
    Congratulations on your winning spot Joyce, xx

  1. Date: 12/19/2012 2:34:00 AM
    A winner indeed!!Congratulations my friend Joyce on your fantastic win. Wishing you a blessed Christmas. Hugs/Love Maria

  1. Date: 12/18/2012 8:39:00 PM
    Hello Joyce, 2 perceived opposite meanings when it comes to "FIRE And ICE" :-) Congratulations with your winning poem In , Carol's contest... goodnight~ PD

  1. Date: 12/18/2012 7:21:00 PM
    Congratulations Joyce .....Seren

  1. Date: 12/18/2012 4:40:00 PM
    this one looks so familiar to me and yet I don't see a comment of mine below here. anyway, a great entry for the contest and a great win you got with it.Congrats, dear Joyce.

  1. Date: 12/18/2012 1:47:00 PM
    Thank you for supporting my contest and congratulations on your placement Joyce. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 12/5/2012 10:22:00 PM
    This is a great poem. It sounds so real and I think it was. Good luck in the contest. Many blessings. Lucilla

  1. Date: 12/5/2012 3:59:00 PM
    Reads like a winner to me..Great story that you have told in this one..Good luck in the contest..Thanks for stopping by..Sara

  1. Date: 12/4/2012 7:46:00 PM
    Ihope this was not something that actually happened to you. I do love it when a poem tells a complete story like this.

  1. Date: 12/4/2012 12:56:00 PM
    What a clever write Joyce, this sounds like a real experience, is that so? It must have been so scary xx