Poetry Friday: October Fires

Thanks to Tabatha at The Opposite of Indifference for hosting Poetry Friday.

The fires in my childhood home this week led me to this poem. I remember fifty years ago writing for a senior English class about the fires of October.


Santa Ana winds
blow embers
across hills
Flames surrounding the valley
cause us not to sleep

©jone rush macculloch

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9 Responses to Poetry Friday: October Fires

  1. What a timely poem from so long ago. I wish nature and history wouldn’t repeat itself–and I hope these fires are contained soon, thanks Jone.

  2. We have family living in California – and we have been catching up with them on how they are doing. Crazy times, indeed. Very scary. I pray that things will get better soonest.

  3. Tabatha says:

    Worrying about fire during the wee hours of the night…a terrible reason for insomnia. Thanks for sharing your poem with us, Jone. I also enjoyed the young poets’ work on your other blog.

  4. cweichel says:

    I have just been reading that some insurance companies will no longer be insuring homes in California for fire. So much dread and fear.

  5. Kay McGriff says:

    I hope that the winds and fires calm soon across California. The images are terrifying. I couldn’t comment on the monster poems, but I did enjoy reading them.

  6. mbhmaine says:

    The fire news and photos are so alarming! I can’t imagine living in a place that has a “wildfire season” and now that season seems to have intensified and spread. So scary!

  7. tee+d says:

    Oh, you lived in SoCal and the Santa Anas always did this? That’s… kind of a relief. I was born in SF, so this is fairly new thing for the Northern end of the state… the winds were so brisk and breezy, and then… they were dangerous and horrifying. Something has to change… thank you for writing about this – it helps to know others are thinking of us.

  8. lindabaie says:

    I too could not comment on those fun monster poems, Jone. You and the kids must have had lots of fun thinking of monster fears. This here, alarming to think you wrote and worried so long ago. Now, a new fire shared about this morning. I am so sad for those who are suffering from the fires.

  9. Michelle Heidenrich Barnes says:

    So hard to watch the California fires rage! I can only imagine how many children today are feeling the same fearfulness that you express in your poem. 😦

    I think the comment function must be turned off on your other blog, Jone, but thanks so much for sharing those fun second grade monster poems! I confess, I’m a little afraid of McDonald’s Chicken McNuggets too! LOL

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