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Tribute to the Bushfire Victims

While all Australians struggle for words to convey their dismay at the suffering caused by the devastating bushfires, some poets try to share their feelings in haiku.

Your haiku is welcome too. One per poet please to secretary@haikuoz.org

relief centre
the new bed toy
smells different

Beverley George


out of black silence
the wobble
of a burnt lamb

Dawn Bruce


'bushfire country all the brick chimneys standing'

Janice Bostok

fire-fighter
she wears soot
for makeup

Cynthia Rowe


black void
a stranger's hug
releases the tears

Quendryth Young


town in ashes
a firefighter
wipes his eyes

Lorin Ford

drizzle...
blackened rubble around
the chimney

Nathalie Buckland


fire storm
melted metal where the street
used to be

Kathy Earsman


gnawed white . . .
last season’s dog bones
in the ash pile

Ron Moss


smoke haze …
a koala drinks
from the fireman’s water bottle

Lynette Arden


crackly footsteps
in a blackened field
we all cry together

Greg Piko


after the wildfire...
a row of new green tents
becomes home

Beatrice Yell

blacker than its shadow
a gum tree
sheds ash

Alexander Ask


blackened trunks
in the morning light...
we count the dead

Jo McInerney


water
the word means
everything now

Max Ryan


standing in silence
around the charred remains:
their three chimneys

Scott Mason (USA)


silence
without birdsong
in this wasteland

M L Grace


hugs all round
finding neighbours
alive

Barbara A. Taylor


on burned farrmlands
a weeping child clinging to
his koala's fur

Claire Gardien (France)


morning after the fire
the cactus growing
from ashes

Stefan Sencerz


too far and too old
to really help, I just send money,
weep and pray

Marian Morgan


silhouette -
helicopter blades
chop the blood-red sun

Jo Tregellis


tent-city ...
a girl's smile from inside
the fireman's jacket

Leonie Bingham


bushfire report
crackling on the radio -
flames

Judith E P Johnson


newspaper photo
a fireman shares water
with a koala

Angelika Wienert (Germany)


black veil
hides a face
in mourning

Mike Burdett


limp afternoon...
acrid smoke seeps through
the wire screen

Dorothy Keyworth

red sky
the photo of a young girl
smiling from the ashes

Graham Nunn


sprig of red gum tips
in a black coral forest
a raven's low cry

Jacqui Murray


green shoots
on blackened trunks
ashen summer

John Bird


distant fires
famlies search under a blue moon

Martin Cohen


extended family . . .
touched by smoke
half a world away

Catherine J.S. Lee, USA


Bushfire-
people and birds sharing
the same fate

Vasile Moldovan


wake to maggies ...
worlds north of us drown
whilst south they burn

Kevin Sharpe


a splash of yellow
standing
against the storm

Ashley Capes


smoke haze
the city smells
of bush fires

Janet Howie


days later --
still the smell
of burnt things

Matt Hetherington


smoke-blind
only the road's white middle line
as guide

Katherine Gallagher


deep ash
memories laid down for
generations to come

Steve South


Aussie koala
bush rescue by David Tree
fire ravaged earth

Yvonne Pick

dawn drags yellow-grey
blustery winds still hot --
fire-fighters yawn

Thomas Thorpe

if fire is a
crucible, may the change lift
you towards Heaven

Ryk McIntyre, USA


driving home
through country towns
newspaper stands cry

Sarah Muller


day has become night,
flames and smoke unite as one -
wildlife sacrificed.

Ann Jamieson