Burnt Trees

you find here blackened
bones of forgotten trees

how they provided shade
shelter for nests
for smaller animals

once it was safe habitat
a wonderful thing


before the fire swept up
from a southern hilltop

caused a lightning strike 
on hilltop (we saw it)

it took off like a wild thing
leaping orange lights

running along a ridge


untamed by time or place

it ran like no orange snake 
we ever saw (leaving ruin
behind it) blackened
skeletal tree trunks

making your eyes water

but you are stunned 
by the devastation
and tears don't help

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