Ghosts of Christmas Past

On Crackenback Ridge,

tree ghosts,

fire-killed,

claw towards fickle clouds,

beseeching release from loamy graves

But,

the wind,

sashaying through

living snowgums,

whispers only ashen fate

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27 thoughts on “Ghosts of Christmas Past

  1. This reminds me of the devastation we saw in the interior of BC here back in June…thousands and thousands of hectares of trees raked into black toothpicks by raging fires – lighting strikes dating back to the early 80’s.

    • It’s quite amazing to see this kind of devastation on such a scale, isn’t it Don? In Australia, the landscape usually recovers fairly well but, similar to what has happened in BC, there is a vast area from a particularly devastating fire that swept through the Snowy Mountains seven years ago and still there is no green in sight.

    • ha ha – don’t worry. Part of the work I am contracted to do includes editing but I have a really bad habit of not doing so with my own emails, so recently sent one with the client’s name misspelt, committing what young people describe so well as an epic fail 🙂

    • Yes, the living snowgums do offer hope. Some of them are more than 200 years old and are incredibly well adapted to the extremes of climate they experience in this area. Thanks for your comments, Zoë.

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