To finish off this current series of posts from your archives, author Vashti Quiroz-Vega share two posts that I am sure you will find as interesting as I did.
For this second post I have chosen one from January of this year which has recent relevance as the fires in California have been another reminder of the power of nature.
Poetry Friday ~ Wild Fire
Hi, everyone! Welcome.
Since September, 17.9 million acres of Australia have burned in one of the country’s worst fire seasons on record. That’s an area larger than West Virginia, and more than eight times the area that burned in California in 2018, the state’s most destructive year for wildfires.
The fires have now killed at least 27 people and destroyed almost 2,000 homes. The blazes turned skies orange and made breathing the air in Sydney as bad as smoking 37 cigarettes. Those are just the impacts on people. The destruction of the country’s land and biodiversity is harder to fathom. An estimated 1 billion animals have been lost, and scientists fear long-term damage to many sensitive ecosystems.
Though rain brought firefighters a slight reprieve Wednesday, the AP reports that hot and windy conditions that will keep the fires burning are expected to return later this week.
It’s a disaster that’s particularly ominous: In a warming world, extreme fire events like this one will only grow more likely to occur. – Australia Fires: 7 Things Everyone Should Know About The Brushfire Disaster.
Photograph by Cris Saur @crisaur
What is happening in Australia right now is devastating. I feel terrible for the families that have lost loved ones and are suffering through this hellish brushfire disaster. The number of animals that have perished in the fire is perturbing. 1 Billion animals dead! The firefighters that are putting their lives at risk every day battling the flames are amazing. It is easy to feel helpless, especially if you live on the other side of the planet, but there are things we could do to help.
- If you’re in Australia, Givit has a list of specific items needed by people and organizations affected by the bushfires.
- People with emergency response training can sign up to volunteer in Queensland.
- The World Wildlife Fund is collecting donations to restore habitats for koalas impacted by the fires.
- You can donate to the Australian Red Cross’s fire recovery and relief fund.
- You can also donate directly to the New South Wales Rural Fire Service, , the Country Fire Service Foundation in South Australia, and the Country Fire Authority in Victoria.
Photograph by Mark Galer @markgaler
I chose to share this beautiful and heart-wrenching poem by Philip Salom dedicated to the men and women who fight these fires. Below is part one of the poem. You can read the rest of it here.
As if going into battle, the knapsack full on my shoulders, its pipe and nozzle slung up like a rifle. We fought along the river, seeing shrubs explode, riddled with fire, eerie sounds of trees shrieking like things alive, feral, flames like faces spilling down into the ferns. We staggered, sick with the hammering heat, dousing endless flames that slammed at us like nightmares, sullen ghosts groping at our limbs. We plunged into that day's red thunder, subsumed like suiciders who stare into the rifle, gulp the flame. Individuals meandering in something huge. We choked in smoking semi-darkness, shadows through the lead-coloured air of limbo. Now the aching blistering weight of the knapsack pulling my shoulders. Exhaustion worries the scorched end of some unity: thought and action fused into one. Sagging now, heavier than the slopping drums behind the tractors coming in. We see the new men walking in and seem to meet our earlier selves but are more certain and more tired. I, older than my youth, seeing these men as if they were children.
Photograph by Liam Pozz @liampozz
Thanks to Vashti for letting me share – Thanks for the visit, and feel free to leave your thoughts and opinions in the comment section below.
About Vashti Quiroz -Vega
Vashti Quiroz-Vega is a writer of Fantasy, Horror, and Thriller. Since she was a kid she’s always had a passion for writing and telling stories. It has always been easier for her to express her thoughts on paper.
She enjoys reading almost as much as she loves to write. Some of her favorite authors are Stephen King, Michael Crichton, Anne Rice, J.R.R. Tolkien, J.K. Rowling and George R. R. Martin.
She enjoys making people feel an array of emotions with her writing. She likes her audience to laugh one moment, cry the next and clench their jaws after that.
When she isn’t building extraordinary worlds and fleshing out fascinating characters, she enjoys spending time with her husband JC and her Pomeranian Scribbles who is also her writing buddy.
Books by Vashti Quiroz Vega
One of the recent reviews for Fall of Lilith
I really enjoyed this immersive fantasy read. It’s based on the fall of the angels from the Old Testament, but it brings an all-new spin to the story with the role of Lilith. I was engaged by all the details of this version of Heaven, and the progression of Lilith from a relatively harmless girl to a tragic anti-hero is interesting to watch. I do wish she had a little bit more goodness in her because that would’ve made her more sympathetic as a main character. Yet I also understand the restraints of telling a story like this, in which there is clear good and evil. After the fall of the angels, the story takes us to earth, where the angels are banished. Once again, I was pleased at the combination of both familiar and unexpected elements. Overall, well written and imaginative!
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