Red Sky, Black Sky

Treetops with red, yellow and blackened sky. Caption reads: "Red sky at night, bushfire alight."

Red Sky, Black Sky poem by Iris Carden

Lightning strikes tree
sparks burn brightly.

Animals run.
It's just begun.

Sparks light dry tree
fire spreads quickly

Red sky at night
bushfire's alight.

Eucalypt oil burns
fire roars, runs, turns.

Nature is life.
It's death tonight.

Black sky morning
fire's still burning.

Fire creates wind,
wind spreads fire again.

Unpredictable dragon
flame breath burns on.

Fight it or flee,
don't "wait and see."

Eucalypt forest
fire doesn't rest.

Runs down valley,
up hills, easily.

Wildlife is caught,
with death or hurt.

Fight it and choke
on eucalypt smoke.

Water bomb dropped
Chopper's aloft.

Firefighters below
won't let it grow.

Fire beast attacks,
firies fight back.

Smokey black pall
hangs over all.

Life in balance
is there a chance?

Muscles and sweat,
fighting still yet.

Dragon attacks,
then is fought back.

Firies fight on
til all flame is gone. 

Forest is black.
Life will come back.

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By Iris Carden

Iris Carden is an Australian indie author, mother, grandmother, and chronic illness patient. On good days, she writes. Because of the unpredictability of her health, she writes on an indie basis, not trying to meet deadlines. She lives on a disability support pension now, but her ultimate dream is to earn her own living from her writing.

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