Poem: Fire watch

Fire watch

By Vicki Fruichantie, Kenai

We were going camping

But ended up instead,

Working the “information station”

As the wildfires glowed red.

We waited and watched and worried

As the days went by,

Fire crews came and went in a hurry

As the spotter plane flew high.

Updates and evacuations

On Facebook filled our days

And nights of work and worry;

There was no time to play.

Some of our friends left their homes

Others chose to stay-

We watched as the fires raged

And the skies turned dark and gray.

Our days were sad at times,

Although we laughed a lot;

It helps to have good friends around

To remember what you’ve got.

Its great how people bond

At difficult times like these,

Our community pulls together

To put those hurt, at ease.

And no matter how it turns out,

Whether homes are lost or kept-

I’ve learned an awful lot this week

As I’ve laughed and loved and wept.

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