Wildfire Near Redding, California

the fire front walks
its red jersey
over the hills
marking its territory
like Frida Kahlo

the veil of place hardens
where water becomes
accountable down
around the eyes

like a concerto
it takes a while
to feel the lyric weight
and wrench of it

then it starts to roar
like a blown Nascar engine
piercing the skin
and spitting liquid glass
from the corner of its eyes
like a Texas Horned Lizard

4 responses to “Wildfire Near Redding, California

  1. That’s a grim subject but a sadly a topical one. No doubt it merits treatment through poetry and I think you’ve succeeded here Craig with vigorous commanding imagery.

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  2. A good poem about wildfire, which as I recall has an astonishing presence, inviting unusual images like the ones you’ve used here.

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