An Inevitable Death

An Inevitable Death

The sky cries scarlet tears
from bloodied white clouds 
forming across a sun’s fury
as it burns the earth
Its weeping sadly not enough
to douse the flames of disregard 

Neglect cheap
Blinding us to inconceivable perils
now impossible to reverse
An inspired carpet of verdant forest floor
destroyed by the punishing wrath
of an angry creator


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  22 comments for “An Inevitable Death

  1. August 9, 2021 at 12:27 pm

    It’s terrifying isn’t it Christine? A timely poem for these most troubling times!

    • Christine Bolton
      August 10, 2021 at 2:55 pm

      Oh for sure Ingrid. I can’t imagine living in an area susceptible to fires 😧 it must be terrifying

  2. August 8, 2021 at 10:58 pm

    The forest fires in the northern hemisphere this summer are horrific. I feel for anyone who is close enough to witness that fury. When fires are burning out of control here in Australia it can feel like the end of the world sometimes.

    • Christine Bolton
      August 9, 2021 at 8:43 am

      Yes and you would know Suzette. The fires in Australia a couple of years ago were horrific. What a terrible experience that must have been. What the earth is experiencing right now is biblical you could say. Fire, floods, plague and famine 😢

      • August 10, 2021 at 1:11 am

        Yes. Things are really getting bad now. There are definitely biblical overtones.

      • Christine Bolton
        August 10, 2021 at 7:47 pm

        I remember a journalist describing a scene where a kangaroo came out of the fire, obviously burned and in shock, and just fell over dead. I still cannot get that image out of my head. wildlife is rarely mentioned here when we hear about the fires out in CA and OR. It has to be the same. So much suffering 😢

      • August 11, 2021 at 12:32 am

        Yes there were some really grim images of animals after the fires here. We didn’t see many of them until after the fires were out. We had some really heavy rain that put most of the fires out but some continued to burn in wilderness areas for some time.
        It was only when people could go back into the burnt out areas that the true extent of the animal deaths were known. Very brave people went out early and rescued many koalas that were badly burnt. Some of these animals still live in refuges because they burns were so severe. These fires we are seeing across the globe now are terrible. I hope people really wake up to the reality of climate change because of them.

  3. August 8, 2021 at 6:11 pm

    Those fires are disturbing and I wonder about the wrath of damage, here we have had a lot of rain which is desperately needed in other areas of the country.

    • Christine Bolton
      August 9, 2021 at 8:44 am

      Yes, biblical proportions of them all. Fire, flood, famine and plague. It’s as if the earth is exorcising the demons 😳

  4. August 8, 2021 at 4:54 am

    I don’t know how we’ll net the magnitude of these global fires, if there’s a poetry that can, the awe and awfulness of it. House indeed to douse the flames of disregard, except to douse the disregarders? Thanks for bringing the heat and shadows to earthweal. – Brendan

    • Christine Bolton
      August 8, 2021 at 7:36 am

      Thanks Brendan. These catastrophes are all a little too frequent these days 🥲

  5. Sherry Marr
    August 7, 2021 at 8:54 pm

    WordPress and Blogger have incompatibilities. Plus Akismet is tricky to work with too. Glad it came through.

    • Christine Bolton
      August 8, 2021 at 12:11 am

      Me too Sherry ☺️💕🌺

  6. August 7, 2021 at 8:53 pm

    It’s so sad that the environment is suffering another onslaught of fires, on top of everything else. A beautifully written poem Christine

    • Christine Bolton
      August 8, 2021 at 12:27 pm

      Yes it’s heartbreaking. I saw on the news that a Greek island was ablaze yesterday. This climate crisis is definitely not fake news 😕 I’m happy you enjoyed the poem Sadje. Thank you 🥰

      • August 8, 2021 at 12:37 pm

        Yes, exactly! You’re welcome

  7. August 7, 2021 at 5:50 pm

    Wow! Powerful.

    • Christine Bolton
      August 7, 2021 at 7:04 pm

      Thanks Eleanor ☺️💕

  8. August 7, 2021 at 3:48 pm

    Not sure if my comment is going through. You have captured wildfires very well. Such a terrifying aspect of the climate crisis.

    • Christine Bolton
      August 7, 2021 at 3:58 pm

      It came through Sherry! Thanks so much ☺️💕

  9. Sherry Marr
    August 7, 2021 at 3:46 pm

    You have captured wildfire so well. Such a terrifying aspect of the climate crisis.

    • Christine Bolton
      August 7, 2021 at 7:08 pm

      I got this one too Sherry. Thank you 😍
      Don’t you hate it when WP does that. It either tells me I can’t comment because I’m not logged in (I was working in the app) or it says I have made a duplicate comment even though I don’t even see one! I think the app sucks. It’s easier to work on my laptop sometimes ☹️

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