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Rising from the Ashes

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Rising from the Ashes

RISING FROM THE ASHES

Wordancer


The eyes of the dragon seen through the trees
Mesmerize minds and cause bodies to freeze.
Which way to go, which way to turn;
No time for questions when the trees burn.

Just jump in the cars and flee towards town
But the road is cut off as the wind swings around.
No way to go, no way to turn; 
An acceptance of fate, as the trees burn.

The fence of the paddock does not impede
The scorched car that flattens it, picking up speed
Away from the flames, away they must turn
Desperate with fear, as the trees burn.

The breath of this beast lights fires with no flame
The heat of its breath burn all just the same.
It’s tail flames on, it’s head, see it turn
Back towards town, there are more things to burn.

With fire, smoke and tears these folk have learnt
To rise from the ashes; spirits singed; not burnt
A call for assistance, now the schools turn 
To grey squares of ashes; and more townships burn.

The calls went out across this wide country
And the offers came from all and sundry.
What do you need? What can we bring you?
They were told, so they went; what else would they do?

Hand towels, toothbrushes, soap and shampoo
To clean away ashes; the soot, and tears too
Through fire and smoke, these folk have learnt
To rise from the ashes; spirits singed; not burnt

The towns’ people will labor as long as there’s need,
They’ll listen and learn and plant as they weed,
While their houses and schools, fire stations too,
Rise from the ashes, and stand good as new.  

The February Dragon has left for a time,
But hope that heals the scars in the minds
Of the people there, is strong and alive,
They have rebuilt their towns, their dreams and their lives.  

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  1. Date: 6/19/2012 8:20:00 AM
    Congratulations on your featured poem this week Wordancer. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 6/11/2012 5:03:00 AM
    This is great... I really enjoyed it. Nice to get such a blessing in such a beautiful monday afternoon.

  1. Date: 2/13/2012 7:42:00 AM
    Congratulations on your great win in Debbie Guzzi's "Fear" contest J. Eliza. Love, Carol

    JAMES Avatar J Eliza JAMES
    Date: 2/13/2012 6:39:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thank you Carol, The first contest, too! I am inspired by the ingredients in the recipe of Poetry Soup. Thanks again, Wordancer
  1. Date: 2/12/2012 8:12:00 PM
    Thank you Debby for holding the contest and for reading this poem.

  1. Date: 2/12/2012 6:43:00 PM
    Very nice write. Congrats on your win in Debbie's contest........................... S.Ronthorpe

    JAMES Avatar J Eliza JAMES
    Date: 2/12/2012 8:02:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thank you for your consideration, It is a honour to be chosen, Wordancer
  1. Date: 2/12/2012 1:54:00 AM
    ELIZA , congratulations... with your wonderful win In Debbie's contest.. enjoyed your poem. have yourself a wonderful valentines~ always* xox~PD

    JAMES Avatar J Eliza JAMES
    Date: 2/12/2012 7:59:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thank you very much, and it is wonderful, wordancer
  1. Date: 2/11/2012 8:09:00 PM
    congrats on a splendid win for this dynamite write luv..

    JAMES Avatar J Eliza JAMES
    Date: 2/11/2012 9:31:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thank you, Linda Marie for turning my page and leaving your message. Wordancer
  1. Date: 2/11/2012 8:53:00 AM
    congrats

    JAMES Avatar J Eliza JAMES
    Date: 2/11/2012 9:19:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thank you Sashi for coming my way. I will check out you page too. Wordancer
  1. Date: 2/11/2012 7:22:00 AM
    Congrats. J Eliza and your winning poetry. Love vie

    JAMES Avatar J Eliza JAMES
    Date: 2/11/2012 9:06:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thank you Vie,so many new voices here. It is so encouraging, Wordancer is happy
  1. Date: 2/11/2012 7:16:00 AM
    Congratulations Please forgive the cut and paste congratuations I must do today it does not diminsh the feeling behind the congratulations or the quality of the work presented. mum not well need to go out xx

    JAMES Avatar J Eliza JAMES
    Date: 2/11/2012 8:58:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    How nice it was that you could come on the way to tend your ailing Mum With need for haste To cut and paste your message is not so dumb! Thank you for turning the page Wordancer
  1. Date: 2/10/2012 10:07:00 PM
    Congrats on a great win. Blessings, Rhonda

    JAMES Avatar J Eliza JAMES
    Date: 2/11/2012 1:33:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Hello Rhonda and thanks for the congrats, and I am really encouraged by the generosity of spirit I find in the Soup. Wordancer is happy
  1. Date: 2/10/2012 6:17:00 PM
    A powerful story about a forest fire aye? and using the dragon imagery was very clever, so nice to meet you and read your work for the first time. Congrad's Light & love

    JAMES Avatar J Eliza JAMES
    Date: 2/11/2012 1:31:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thank you too Debbie, Such a friendly place to be here in Poetry Soup. Thank you for we contact and I will come and knock on your door so I can read your verses as well, Wordancer is chuffed and honoured to win a place after such a short stay. cheers
  1. Date: 2/10/2012 4:51:00 PM
    Congratulations on a great write and a great placement in the contest. Jon

    JAMES Avatar J Eliza JAMES
    Date: 2/11/2012 1:27:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    AND a I look forward to turning to your pages, Cheers Wordancer
    JAMES Avatar J Eliza JAMES
    Date: 2/11/2012 1:24:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thank you for dropping by, Jon and for the Congrats. Totally unexpected, I may not have come first but it feels like I did! Wordancer is very happy... ^_^
  1. Date: 2/1/2012 10:34:00 AM
    Wow ...desperate in fear...yes I can think so. wery good written ELIZA. - OXOX love Anne-Lise

    JAMES Avatar J Eliza JAMES
    Date: 2/2/2012 3:12:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thank you again for your valuable time and your comments. Poetry is emotion and a way to release the fear, sadness and feel Hope return. This true story in rhyme is classed as Bush Poetry in Australia, but here I see I have to classify it as couplets. I am slowly learning the recipe for Poetry Soup!