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Piercing the Heart

A few years ago a massive wildfire - The 2016 Fort McMurry wildfire claimed 1,456,810 acres of Alberta and Saskatchewan in Canada. It was the largest wildfire evacuation in Alberta's history. A heart piercing loss of wildlife. One evening the northwest winds brought evidence of that raging fire through the bedroom window. The poem below is what arrived in the morning.

As the wildfires consuming beloved tracts of land, old growth forest and known (to me) communities in Oregon this past week, I offer this up as a lament and a prayer for these times. May new life rise from the ashes, all the ashes.