The news reports:
at watch and act today total fire ban
smoke haze poor air quality asthma sufferers
and other respiratory problems stay indoors.
Hot north westerly winds
west and southwest of Sydney
properties cleared and prepared
an anxious night distant sirens confusion
to leave or to go?
rescue our animals and get out of here
a new fire break
it’s always your family that’s more important
pack up your photos that’s all you can do
photos are what you’ve seen and experienced.
On amber watch today
200 houses destroyed so far
hoping and praying for the best
containment lines will they hold?
Exhausted fire fighters
people’s lives are the most important
fire crews keep back-burning
what else can you do?
Despite ember attacks on homes
Rural Fire Service to link up bushfires as winds drop.
Today has started off cool.
First published in First Refuge Poems on social justice
Ginninderra Press 2016
Copyright © Libby Sommer
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