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Sunshine
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Fire

For the farmer, rancher, and the old cow-hand
nothing spurs to action quicker than "fire on the grassland..."
rains sparse, grass too dry, conditions are severe
heed the call, the fire call, and come give your help here.

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
blamed ol' southern/northern 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.

Air is whipping all around,
tornadic firecanes spout from ground
whipping up into the air,
crashing fireballs in grass o'er there.

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.

And just so you folks realize,
we're doing this for you;
as farmers, ranchers, and old cow-hands
are keeping the Trust for you.


original 6 October, 1999
©KRJ [posted in Forum #3]
rewrite 19 January 2000




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


© Copyright 2000 Karilea Rilling - All Rights Reserved
Seymour Tabin
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1 posted 01-19-2000 06:28 PM       View Profile for Seymour Tabin   Email Seymour Tabin   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Seymour Tabin

Sunshine,
Never read this one of yours. A classic poem
Touches every angle of the situation and covers it well. Enjoyed it very much. Sy
merely_a_jester
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2 posted 01-19-2000 10:13 PM       View Profile for merely_a_jester   Email merely_a_jester   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for merely_a_jester

i liked this one... it is very detailed and descriptive...
keep up the good work

merely_a_jester

 Are scarecrows just like men, and do you hold
That a false coin is just as good as gold?

Moliere, "Tartuffe"
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Sy, thank you for reading.  I try to impart the adrenalin rush from the fear we face, and the despair we feel, in the face of the fire on the rangeland - for if you have ever raised an animal, even a cow or calf, you know the feeling over the loss in such an event...not to mention homes and buildings, etc.

Jester, thank you so much for coming in to read!

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


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4 posted 01-21-2000 05:45 PM       View Profile for Denise   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Denise

An excellent piece, Sunshine. You have portrayed that fear and adrenalin powerfully. Well done.

Denise
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I can only agree, well done.
I'm just gald I never experienced something like this.
Thank you


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6 posted 01-24-2000 09:41 AM       View Profile for Sunshine   Email Sunshine   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Sunshine's Home Page   View IP for Sunshine

Denise, Helmut, thank you for commenting.  The feeling of helplessness is unbearable during these times.

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


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