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netswan
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0 posted 05-03-2000 02:24 AM       View Profile for netswan   Email netswan   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to Submit your Poem to Passions   Click to visit netswan's Home Page   View IP for netswan

House Fire!

Fire was shouted loud and clear
as people ran to stop the blaze
fire - black smoke billowed through the air
then reality set in -----as it blew
glass flying everywhere

the night air shown bright
bringing spectators to the sight
we stared with mouth's agape
wondering if it would stopped
before it was too late

hours flew by as the smoke did swirl
black - ebony - red ashes --- fear
if the trees caught on fire all would
be lost houses and the surrounding forest

hours and hours they did fight,
the trees were saved and not the house
we stared at the simmering scene
barefeet, no clean clothes soot
sticking up our noses

no purse, no wallet - only
a car key buried 'neath the scorched
mighty oak tree
in the car we all did pile
'til we realized we had no place to be

Off to camp we did make it through the night
bathing in the cold river - waiting for the sun
to dry the minimum clothes we all had on.

hungry bellies shouted out
so to the bank we tramped to get cash out
the friendly teller knew who we were
and whispered sorry as she doled out money

Hotel room ----breakfast at last -
store to buy shoes and clothes for our
backs
Hot shower ----calling the insurance
company
and we awaited our fate

Two years have gone by since that
date - a night that I could not even write
To tell about what it is like to start over
from scratch - with barely any clothes on our
backs

To remember the things that we had lost
antiques that were dusted by grandma's loving hands
My unpublished novels -- poetry from 35 years,
thoughts, journals, pictures -- stuff saved
from the past so that our memories would last

For a year we shopped ---til we dropped
a very true expression for whatever we reached
for was naught, and I still reach for things
that I am sure we have
nothing there to be grabbed.


My biggest pain is my children's baby books
filled in with such love for each of them
and the stories I wrote for them and their school work.
Little hand prints forever gone --

In thanks to those neighbors that pitched in
bringing boxes and boxes of necessary things
and in memory --we hear the word fire in our
town -- and boxes and boxes we bring down

We cannot replace what was once lost,
but we can keep extras around for those
that are stuck - down on their luck
Sometimes, things in life suck

In memory of the night our house burned down
and the wonderful people who helped us out
and -----thumbs down at how long the insurance
took -- if we had no money in that bank
who happened to know who we were --- we would
have sunk -- and that is for sure.

Under insured we surely were
so - read your policies carefully
put your special things in a fire box
and copies of them in a bank vault

This is a poem written in pain
that yes, life we did not lose
and are grateful - yet memories
of past things -lay silently
in death ------ashes to ashes
it truly is a sorrowful thing

netswan


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ESP
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1 posted 05-03-2000 05:15 AM       View Profile for ESP   Email ESP   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for ESP

How awful. Especially losing all your precious memories-

                                                 My unpublished novels -- poetry from 35 years,
thoughts, journals, pictures -- stuff saved
from the past so that our memories would last...
memories
of past things -lay silently
in death  

I am so sorry you had to go through, I can't even imagine how absolutely terrible that would be.

Love and hugs,
Lizzie
  


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2 posted 05-03-2000 06:34 AM       View Profile for Marge Tindal   Email Marge Tindal   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Marge Tindal's Home Page   View IP for Marge Tindal

NetSwan~
This was a morning eye-opener for sure.
Fire's finality can write it's own sorrow
in the losses.
I've been with people whose cherished mementos and belongings were wiped out by fire ... it is not a pretty picture.  
So sad.  So permanent.

You did a credible job in penning a heartbreak in your life.
Bless you, my friend.
~*Marge*~





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FadingSun
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since 05-01-2000
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3 posted 05-03-2000 06:46 AM       View Profile for FadingSun   Email FadingSun   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for FadingSun

Netswan,

I can't imagine the heartbreak of all those losses.
But your poem brought me close to the pain you felt and the tears you cried.

It made me wanna give ya a great big hug !!!

~S
Brandyn Sand
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4 posted 05-03-2000 07:47 AM       View Profile for Brandyn Sand   Email Brandyn Sand   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Brandyn Sand's Home Page   View IP for Brandyn Sand

Loss & pain so eloquently penned, with a valuable lesson for all.  Caused me to reflect on that which I tend to take for granted. Thank you.




 
Nan
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5 posted 05-03-2000 07:47 AM       View Profile for Nan   Email Nan   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Nan's Home Page   View IP for Nan

This had to be truly devastating for you - It's so firmly etched in your memory, you've relived it in your words here... I'm glad you could vent you feelings here - and very grateful that all of you were safe...

Nice work, netswan..
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What a tragedy. Through your words I could feel the utter devastation. I'm very sorry for your losses for those special things that can never be replaced.

Denise
Janet Marie
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7 posted 05-03-2000 09:14 AM       View Profile for Janet Marie   Email Janet Marie   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Janet Marie

Swan...
you have done an incredible job with this.
I am so touched by this...
the losses of the keepsakes is so tradgic...
my sister knows this loss and it is life altering to say the least...
thank you for sharing this with us...
you speak honestly of the lessons learned...
hopefully someone else will learn from your losses and not have to go thru it all.
very well written work here.
take care, jm
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8 posted 05-03-2000 12:45 PM       View Profile for Jeffrey Carter   Email Jeffrey Carter   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Jeffrey Carter

Teresa,
WOW!! This is very deeply touching. I know your pain all too well. When I was 7 our house burned also. It was many years ago yet I can still see it so very clearly.

((((HUGS)))) to you m'friend

All my love,
Jeffrey

 I lie awake in a world filled with dreams,
but dreams can be so real when you don't know you're asleep
Martie
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netswan, your loss and the shock of that night are so haunting...you write of them so vividly and you make me think of all the treasures, the most important, life, was saved.  You also offer some good advice...thank you!
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When I was reading this, I felt I was standing on the lawn watching the fire and weeping.  Afterwards, I looked up and thank God for all my blessings today.  I am sorry for your loss.  Very poignant work.
Corinne
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netswan,

I'm sure this must have been difficult for you to write.  I hope writing about it helped to heal.

I've lost someone to a house fire, so, in reading this, I felt your pain, but was also glad that no one was hurt.  

Peace.

Corinne
netswan
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12 posted 05-04-2000 01:07 AM       View Profile for netswan   Email netswan   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit netswan's Home Page   View IP for netswan

Thank you all. It was Jeffrey who told me
I should write about it.  I found it
long and so much more to say -----then
decided what can one say when  -- things
are lost forever?

Yes, I have healed for the most part --
and Corrine I am sorry for the loss of your
friend -- fire is so darn deadly.

One day though, when I am feeling creative
I shall write the funny side to the
comedy of errors of our fire department.

netswan

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