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The Fires Around Us

World to ashes
but our feet still on ground
carrying burdens
cast to us by
a selfish and needy past,
leaving nothing unfound.

We are left
to prove the impossible
rebuild from the broken
fragments of life
grieve for realities forever lost
and whisper memories of another time.

Why couldn’t this be stopped?
Is a question on all our minds
when the easily forgotten answer
is because you chose to be blind.

Do nothing
and receive nothing in return.
The savage destiny
we have built for ourselves.
The Earth continues to decay
and we stare at the inevitable
refusing to understand fate.

Can you not see
the fire burning at your feet?
It doesn’t care who you are
or what you could become.
The fire will consume everything
until it is all gone.

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In the End

Part I

The Earth has died, but we are still here. Living.

What has been left to us is dust. Clouds of it erasing the distance and swallowing horizons whole. We have covered the windows and taped all the seams, yet the smallest of particles still find their way in. Piling in the corners and ensnaring bits on our bare feet.

The Sun has become more powerful. There is no longer a layer to protect us from it’s blinding rays, the power of it’s ultraviolet light altering everything in it’s wake. Within the Day the rays stretch over the land, piercing anything unblemished; radiation consuming the ground. Not even the dust can save you.

We have become accustomed to the Night. Only then is it safe to wonder beyond a door, be it armed with a filter mask, layers of leather upon your skin, and a heavy knife. Never forget your knife.

The oceans are incubators, filled with the toxic aroma of death. The shorelines stretch deep into the land, extending miles beyond their said origins. Storms rage upon them for weeks at times, creating acid rains and winds that pulverize any remains among the abandoned cities.

Humanity once cared for one another. But that care has been replaced with fear. This fear is not like what our grandparents knew. It is ugly and traced with anger, confusion, and blame. No one wants to live in this world, but no one wants to die in it either. Yet we are the ones who made it this way.

JUST FINISHED: Flight Behavior

Author: Barbara Kingsolver

Genre: Fiction

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

So I was in the mood for a decent good book and couldn’t resist picking up one by my favorite author, Barbara Kingsolver. Flight Behavior deals with a young woman, Dellarobia, going through a trying period in her life.

The novel begins with Dellarobia on her way to ending her marriage by means of an affair. To not expel crucial details, Dellarobia’s life is one that leaves a rushed, trapped feeling. Living in a small town infatuated with the show of religion, the main character was forced to marry her husband in high school after realizing she was pregnant. Like a true gunshot wedding, her in-laws immediately tied them together and even built them their own house on their land.

Fast forward some time and now they have two children and are living the average low-income life in small-town America. She has a husband who cares because it’s what he’s supposed to do, a mother-in-law that can never be pleased, and one friend who is the only person she is able to relate to.

Dellarobia’s life takes a major turn when she discovers a community of monarchs residing on a small mountain that is on their land. Seeing something so amazing and full of life makes her reconsider her own situation and what she can do about it.

Being from a small town myself, Kingsolver’s depiction of the people and their line of thought was spot on. When you live in a community that small, everybody’s business is everybody’s business. Gossip is like wildfire, being different is frowned on, and the only immediate concern of the future is the high school football team’s possible winning status. Most people live day to day in terms of income and life beyond the town limits is just a dream.  It’s a tired cycle that needs to be broken and, as Kingsolver and I would agree, education is the key to breaking it.

Kingsolver even takes on the heavy topic of climate change in this novel. She puts a forthright opinion on the severity that we have dealt to the planet through carbon monoxide to logging. She goes on to explain how these items are causing fundamental changes in the Earth’s ecosystems, causing strange weather patterns and natural disasters previously unheard of.

She twists the knife even further on this issue by blatantly stating that the damage is done. The changes are already in process and what we do now can’t help. We can only study it and try to predict the outcome. And the outcome may be a bad one.

This novel also tenderly delves on the issues of a broken marriage. Kingsolver does a spectacular job portraying the wave of feelings and erratic thoughts that a person can experience when trying to consider if this is how they want their life to continue on. There are very substantial questions that an individual has to deal with when really examining themselves spiritually and mentally. Kingsolver takes these questions head on in this book, giving Dellarobia realistic character growth and making her very human.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. If you’re in the mood for a well written personal and internal drama, you will too.