There was a sadness in my heart today
as I ventured out to stricken areas
effected by the fires.
My eyes took in the pain and loss.
Shells of homes and properties.
Sickness overcome me,
and an overwhelming feeling of despair
to see continuous hills of black charred trees
and that stench, deathly smell of burning.
No carnage to be seen except by the roadsides.
My eyes searched for life. I looked up
and soaring majestically where
Beauty beyond words for a fleeting
moment my heart felt joy.
Life is a miracle.
~ Jean R ~
( Photograph taken of this magnificent eagle in Mickelham – Victoria)
Today I looked out to see the remains of the destruction and all I could see was a fog, thick and moist. The smell of smoke filled my nostrils that it made me cough. So thick I could not see the horizon. My eyes burnt with the potent stench of smoke that was filled with devastation, loss and fear of the fire that rampaged this land.
You moved onwards today fire, seeking your next victory. We could only watch and pray, assist where possible and seek refuge when necessary.
There are hero’s, firefighters, volunteers, neighbors, community workers and friends who have defended the lives of those in your path.
It is not a victory for you, because the human spirit is much stronger and more powerful than you.
We know your weaknesses and can cause you to cease to exist. Water! Our friend but your enemy.
Let us await the much anticipated rain and tame this rampant beast. Fire!
Emergency warning in place. Roads closed again, leave now or stay in doors.
Just when we thought you were sleeping, you awoke like a thief in the night. The wind merely lifted and you awoke in a rage. You finished what you started. This time you took out our source of energy that we depend on. You melted these tall electrical structures like they were jelly and sought after more ammunition along the way to satisfy your hunger.
With a deafening blow the earth shook beneath us and in the distance we see the color of the smoke turn black, thick and swirling like a tornado. My heart jumped. Fear, heartache, anticipation and adrenalin flowed through my body like an electric shock.
The wind changes, its time to get the fighting source out and wet down the grass before you spit out your ember and attack once more.
Surrounded once again.
Fire, you are not my friend nor are you my foe but maybe one day we will can live along side each other in harmony without pain or suffering.
Today I saw flames destroy everything in its path. My family were trapped. The fire showed its fury like I have not seen in many years. The skies were filled with beautiful yet an ominous orange glow. And as the sun went down, the hills lit up like millions of beautiful candles with amazing orange and yellow flames. Once again we were at the mercy of this incredible force.
Prestigious trees and fields that stretched for miles no longer held the colors of life. Now there was only a stench of loss and destruction.
My family once trapped were now allowed to leave, with bags and necessities. Animals accounted for and personal items. They were some of the fortunate ones.
I can only believe in the resilience of people to rise up and help those in need.
I would just like to take this time to give thanks to the blessings of life, our families,
precious friends and volunteers who give freely of their time to help out wherever the need may be..