Fire on the Next Hill

last night
a fiery orange light
glowed ferociously
on the next hill.
i thought the Blakers’
barn was burning.
(i left my warm bed and stepped outside for a better view.)

the flames
leaped into the black
and devoured the trees
of the horizon.
i thought the still-green leaves
in the valley between
will keep us safe.
(my husband joined me to witness the spectacle.)

then the triangle
of flames and fire
suddenly settled into
a sideways orange half moon.
61.2% rising ENE
at 11:16 p.m
i thought when has a half-moon-rising
ever been fire in the sky.
(we laughed at one more
2020 wildness.)

my skittish, sheepish
thoughts morphed like moonfire
into a silent prayer.
Lord of the moon, the sky, the earth,
protect us from fires raging
in the darkness
and turn them into
just a spectacular autumn moonrising
in the night sky.
(i slept the weighted, dreamless sleep of peace.)

12 thoughts on “Fire on the Next Hill

  1. No doubt caused by the ash from the fires out here in California. One night we had a moon that seemed as if it came right out of Revelation 6:12. Add in days without the sun and unhealthy air quality and one begins to ponder the end times.

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  2. This is absolutely beautiful. And yes, I felt like I was right there with you. I could feel the night air on my face. Thank you for sharing that sacred moment.

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