Forest Lambs



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Wooden fingers snap syncopated beats

As sparks waft into the air like fireflies

Translucent oranges and reds rise in sheets

While white smoke dances into darkened skies

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Coals glow with a fevered satanic fry

Consuming the eagerly sacrificed

Charred remains tumble and shift as they die

No feelings of loss or remorse enticed

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Steadily I feed the dead but not done

Onto raging forest funeral pyre

Blazing symbol of another day won

A chance at some warmth before I retire

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My thanks to you my round bark-covered friend

Certain this is not the end you desire

To the heavens your ringed soul I commend

Your short life given to fuel needed fire

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Comments
12 Responses to “Forest Lambs”
  1. beth says:

    gratitude for the tree and it’s sacrifice. I wrote about wood chips today, another sacrifice

  2. Jim Borden says:

    great title; reminds of the days we used to go camping. building the fire was the best part…

  3. Francisco Bravo Cabrera says:

    Very powerful, very real and very dramatic, an artistic and beautiful way of approach to an important subject. Brilliant!

  4. petespringerauthor says:

    Brilliant! I don’t recall reading anything like this from you before, Brad. What is it about sitting around a campfire that makes everything better?

  5. jonicaggiano says:

    This is such a beautiful tribute to the trees Brad. You know how much the trees and I are bonded. I love the ending especially. They are already burning again this year. Let’s hope not too many are destroyed. Beautiful work Brad. 😘🤗🦋🌸💝love Jonikins

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