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In Case of Fire Take ---

What an interesting question to ponder. Immediately the scenario became real
There was no question in my mind. I knew what I would have to find. 
…..My guitar.
I haven’t played it for ages but that wouldn’t make any difference to me. For some reason, over all else, I would have to find….    “my guitar.” 
I have had proof positive. Thirteen years ago we were in a massive fire in Port St Lucie, Fl. where 42 houses burned down around us. I was on the roof watching where the fire was coming next. My wife grabbed whatever was important to her and I yelled at her to leave in the car and she did but first yelled back over the noise of the howling fire what I wanted her to take of mine. It was approaching fast. Without a second thought my response was 
“The Guitar!”
 She did and after making sure I was to do the same, she left.  The wall of fire on two sides of us was creating it’s own wind storm. A 60 to 80 foot wall of fire coming at you in a wind is a terrifying thing!  The fire was across our little street coming at us in a hurry. I jumped off the roof, into my truck and by the time I left, the heat from the fire had started the grass on fire on our side of the road. I drove through it to get out of the neighborhood looking back to see the black smoke completely engulfing our house….but that’s another story. I had … ole friend, 
….the guitar.

(This is a true story as  I mentioned on the first comment to this poem. )

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  1. Date: 1/31/2012 8:11:00 PM
    That is some story, glad your all fine, hope your still strumming that guitar. love, vie

  1. Date: 1/22/2012 3:34:00 AM
    Wow what a great story. I hope it made you stronger. Great free verse poem

  1. Date: 1/20/2012 6:43:00 PM
    Wow, I was on the edge of my seat with this story. What a frightening experience but lives are more important than things unless it's a beloved guitar :)

  1. Date: 1/19/2012 8:01:00 AM
    There is nothing like a true story Robert, interesting reading this, glad you both got out, and live to tell the tale. Maybe a song needs to be written, played of course with the Guitar. harry

  1. Date: 1/18/2012 3:27:00 PM
    I'm glad your guitar survived! Many congrats to you too, my friend : )

  1. Date: 1/16/2012 10:40:00 PM
    Dear,, Robert... i feel sad over this contest... brings back memories... but,it's only a contest... good luck in the contest,..p.d.

  1. Date: 1/16/2012 2:24:00 PM
    I can relate to a certain extent. We lost our home in a flood when I was growing up. Saved nothing but the so glad you got your guitar..BG

  1. Date: 1/16/2012 11:20:00 AM frightening !! I enjoyed reading's funny how our mind works and what's important. Thanks for dropping by my page. God Bless you and your Old guitar !!

  1. Date: 1/16/2012 11:17:00 AM
    Good story..Is this true?..Did you loose your home?..Of course, we know that you saved the guitar..Enjoyed reading this afternoon..Thanks for stopping by, reading, and commenting on my work..Sara

  1. Date: 1/16/2012 11:11:00 AM
    A fire nipping at my heels would be the most frightening thing of all... Glad to know you got out safely. Good write.

  1. Date: 1/16/2012 10:29:00 AM
    This is a true story, in fact our personal situation was reported on by an unbekownst to us journalist and put in the newspapers countrywide. My Brother called me from Vt the next morning asking how we were doing and I had not told anyone about it yet. He saw our names in the morning news! Thanks for reading.