FIRES

When fires burn,
they mar the land.
The flames turn
the living to ash
and blacken
the bark of trees.
Growth is stunted
and for a while,
it is as if time has stopped,
too.
 
The aftermath is bitter
to look at.
Hard to understand.
But hope is fulfilled
in knowing new life will start again
around the roots of the dead.
 
When emotions burn,
they mar the person.
The feelings turn
good intentions to bad
and fuel
irrational thoughts.
Growth is stunted
and for a while,
it is as if time has stopped,
too.
 
The aftermath is bitter
to bare.
Hard to understand.
But hope is fulfilled
in knowing that we can always continue forward
even while starting again new.

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