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Forest Fires


Forest Fires

A single act of carelessness
Is all it takes to set in motion
Such catastrophic consequences,
Endangering many humans,
Plants, animals, homes and livelihoods.

At certain times of the year
Vegetation is tinder dry,
Highly flammable,
Combustible and susceptible
To outbreaks of fire.

It is criminal, unlawful,
Immoral and outrageous
To fail to take precautions
To safeguard against these
Dangerous conditions.

The smallest spark could be the cause
Of a gigantic conflagration,
Escalating rapidly into an inferno
Taking the lives of innocent people
Animals and plants.



Author: adeeyoyo

I am a middle-aged South African woman, living in Johannesburg. I began writing poetry towards the end of May 2010. I love animals – sometimes more than people! I am back after a break. Thanks for still being here, if you are! Missed you! xxx

10 thoughts on “Forest Fires

  1. And a tiny. tiny spark is all it takes!


  2. And sadly, it’s normally some idiot throwing down his/her cigarette stub. We witnessed first hand a fire in our nature reserve some years back, of such magnitude that it spread right up to the entrance and had us all wetting our gardens and houses as a precaution.

    Luckily the Fire Department was able to halt it before it jumped the street, but it was the most terrifying event to be caught up in.


    • When we lived in Glenwood the house opposite us burnt down. It was amazing how far the flames and sparks travelled. More recently a house down the road from me caught alight (electrical, I think). It seemed to burn out on its own – just as well as the fire engine arrived hours later!


      • It’s petrifying to watch a house burn down. We had a small block of flats go up in flames at the top of our road about 5 years back. The explosions from gas bottles and geysers sent balls of fire into the night time sky and flames shooting everywhere.
        I’ve always been fascinated by fire and it’s beauty, but very wary of the dangers.


  3. this unfortunately happens way too often…as an avid outdoorsman i am trying to teach my boys the same care for our trees and the environment…


  4. So true! As for the unspeakable louts who set them deliberately…


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