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bsquirrel
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0 posted 06-08-2000 11:38 PM       View Profile for bsquirrel   Email bsquirrel   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to Submit your Poem to Passions  View IP for bsquirrel

I drove to Malibu, the rocky mud-packed sandstrewn plantworn hills
Pressing right against the road. A small whitegray steel spine
Protecting me from a drop off down the canyons.
The ground was so dark in the summer light late,
I'm sure if I exploded, the heat
Would have made the ground lighter in color, somehow.

It was like driving through chalk brown mountains,
Only not of chalk, not really of sand, not of stone.
Some element of itself, just rising from the road,
And later on, coming close to the sea,
As close as the PCH would let it.

As I went down the highway,
Suddenly caught in glinting rows of evening traffic,
I noticed there was a protective burning going on,
Up the hill.

So the sea breeze and the dryhot air
Wouldn't fuel the palms, grass, houses
Into final burning. The smoke was dark
And rolling thickly -- like hills in the sky.
I could only see a piece of the hill, the tip of it still green,
Quickly burning itself to ash and mud --
From beauty to safety. The fire the briefest glance.

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Janet Marie
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1 posted 06-09-2000 01:32 AM       View Profile for Janet Marie   Email Janet Marie   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Janet Marie

excellent imagery bsq,
i felt like i was in the car with you
(i changed the station on the radio even)  
cool poem...
i see these images on tv news,
and its so hard to grasp when they tell you a whole subdivision of houses were lost
or 1000's of acres.
reminders there will always be things
man cant control.
too deep for me this late at nite
later-squirel-gator
bs/jm

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bsquirrel
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2 posted 06-10-2000 03:13 AM       View Profile for bsquirrel   Email bsquirrel   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for bsquirrel

B.S.,
Glad you enjoyed. Actually, this is a protective burning, where they intentionally burn away hillsides before the brushfire season starts. I think "from beauty to safety" pretty much sums it up.

Mike
 
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