Poem for firemen

2015-05-05 06:00

For days on end the fire raged, and the smoke hung thick and low,

The wind that fanned the flames to life, made the fire fighting slow,

By night the fires were eerie, as they danced in the dark night sky,

One’s heart felt truly broken, for the animals that would die.

In the early hours of morning light, came a welcome sight and sound,

The familiar noise of the chopper blades, as they clattered round and round,

Running relays back and forth, with water to douse the flame,

Brave and fearless and against all odds, they battled fatigue and pain.

On the ground the winds grew strong, but on the mountain we knew,

The up-draughts and the thermals, meant danger for pilot and crew,

Against the mountain they flew so close, again and again they came,

Standing there helpless on the ground, we could only pray for rain.

The fire fighters could hardly cope, but stayed focused on their quest

Back and forth as the flare-ups came, they never stopped to rest,

Brave and fearless they soldiered on, with cannons and with hose,

Never faltering or recoiling, no matter how high the flames rose.

Heroes died and homes were destroyed, through this fire’s destructive hand,

The scenic beauty that we knew so well, became a charred and barren land,

The smell of smoke filled the air, and the haze stole the light of the sun,

But through it all our heroes stood tall, making sure the battle was won.

So when it was over and time to take stock, we were trying to count the cost,

But sadly we knew this could never be done, because there had been such a loss,

In the pages of history the facts will reveal, how our heroes had won the day,

And through the drama and pain that prevailed, a nation had learned to pray

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