Thursday, November 22, 2018

Camp Fire Death Toll Continues to Climb

Paradise is a name that evokes images of a heavenly scene
Of tranquil seas, gentle breezes and waves of grassy green
Today a town so misnamed by a fiery deadly hell
Totally burned to the ground a place where almost no one can now dwell
A town with lots of retirees trying to the flames trying to flee
Roads encased in flames from burning and exploding trees
83 dead from smoke and flames that moved at lightning speed
Life in the face of a raging Mother Nature clinging on a slender reed
No Paradise in Paradise only ash and the burnt scent of death
While miles away in the Bay Area residents are choking for breath
The second punch may be delivered on Thursday
Increasing rain means deadly mudslides are on their way
We humans may be on the top of the food chain and think Mother Nature we can rule
The dead, hundreds still missing and the burned out homeless show that idea is one of fools
© November 22, 2018 Michael P. Ridley aka the Alaskanpoet

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