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Sunshine
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Fire

There’s fire in the grasslands
quick, call 911, give the command,
car phones, now a saving grace
fire trucks on the run, fast paced.

But as in olden days long past
when it comes to saving grass
neighbors come out in scores
instincts rising from the core.

There’s fire in the grasslands
southern winds a’blowing
neighbors lending helping hands
fire creeps, crackling, redly glowing.

More calls made to neighbors working
cell phones appear in joined unison
“Call Jim” “Did Jake hear?” no shirking
work the fire anyway, if they can’t come.

There’s fire in the grasslands
ranchers moving cattle to safer locations
working tandem, hand in hand
farmers shaking heads at their vocation.

Fence wire cut, land becomes blackened
Smoke is thick, work’s not slackened
Water pumps liquid relief
farmers, ranchers quell their grief.

There’s fire in the grasslands,
rush quick, fear now put aside;
wheat will one day green again
check cows for sparks on hide.

When it’s over, thank the fighters,
and with neighbors, shake their hands
farmers, ranchers, gather tighter
When there’s fire in the grasslands.

6 October, 1999
©KRJ



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Sunshine
Look, then, into thine heart, and write ~~~ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

© Copyright 1999 Karilea Rilling - All Rights Reserved
Denise
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1 posted 10-06-1999 09:02 PM       View Profile for Denise   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Denise

A common enemy always bands folks together! Very well expressed!

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Denise
Michael
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2 posted 10-06-1999 09:09 PM       View Profile for Michael   Email Michael   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Michael

"Tis a wonderful and overwhelming thing when human hearts come together for the good of all. "Tis also very sad it almost always takes a tragedy to reach that point.

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Michael Anderson

When God puts a tear in your eye,
He puts a rainbow in your heart.


caroline
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3 posted 10-06-1999 09:18 PM       View Profile for caroline   Email caroline   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for caroline

You tell the story well, Sunshine. Where I come from, even sworn enemies will come to each other's aid when fire threatens a home and land. And afterward, a box of food, or an envelope of money will appear with no name attached. But as Michael said, it is a shame that it takes tragedy to bring that 'round.

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"Tread softly, for I have spread my dreams under your feet"~~William Butler Yeats
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4 posted 10-06-1999 10:11 PM       View Profile for Seymour Tabin   Email Seymour Tabin   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Seymour Tabin

Sunshine,
Good point, well done.
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This makes for a nice read
Severn
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6 posted 10-07-1999 01:22 AM       View Profile for Severn   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Severn

I really enjoy the way you find a poem in every topic, Sunshine! Very well done.
Sunshine
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Thank you all for reading and commenting. I am overwhelmed at your generous words. This was a true event, just yesterday.
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8 posted 10-07-1999 09:40 AM       View Profile for Dragoness   Email Dragoness   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Dragoness's Home Page   View IP for Dragoness

Good reading here! Well done.

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Set you heart free and your mind will follow.

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I echo Severn....it amazes me that there seems to be no topic that escapes your poetic talent!

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May your days be filled with lots of sunshine and your nights lit up by golden moonbeams
Sunshine
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10 posted 10-07-1999 03:34 PM       View Profile for Sunshine   Email Sunshine   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Sunshine's Home Page   View IP for Sunshine

Thank you Dragoness and Pepper. I don't know where the ideas come from either, but as long as no one hears me talking out loud as they come to me, I'll continue to escape the 'stute!

Pepper, talent? More like luck...
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11 posted 10-07-1999 04:03 PM       View Profile for Julie   Email Julie   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Julie

Amazing! I could feel the sense of urgency
as I read your poem. Like I was there witnessing...Really good job.

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Julie
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Thou who has given so much to me,
give one thing more: a grateful heart.
>George Herbert



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12 posted 10-08-1999 01:43 PM       View Profile for Sunshine   Email Sunshine   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Sunshine's Home Page   View IP for Sunshine

Thank you Julie, for your comments. I am glad the urgency came across...you're picking up on that means a lot to me.
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