Monday, February 9, 2009


There came a day in February
That had us all in shock
A time when the south east of Australia
Was hit by a fiery rock

The country just exploded
Into a huge fireball
And in its path spared nothing
Intent on taking it all

The CFA and others
Were there to fight the fight
And we at home were watching
The devastation and the fright

One cannot imagine
What folks are going through
As they wait for news on loved ones
And the others that they knew

They are always believing
That they will soon be seen
Some are already grieving
Where the hell could they have been?

Sometimes the word is positive
Often it’s not so good
Some have lost a place to live
Where every family should

We pray to God for strength and hope
As they face what lies ahead
How the hell are they going to cope?
So much fear - so much dread.

Australians we know how to fight
As we observe the strife
So dig in deep with all our might
To give them back their life

Monday – 9 February 2009

It has been an horrific week in Victoria with fire raging all over the state. John's ex-wife and her husband - a member of the local CFA - are in Murrundindi and have been isolated on their property by the fires - it is worrying for his children. At this time they are safe. Luckily Emily doesn't have to go to her school in Yea for another couple of weeks - this of course may now change depending on the fire activity.
The poem is written by my friend Jo in Queensland, thank you for allowing me to post it here.
The photograph credit is
To all the firefighters, and others putting their lives on the line for us. Thank you.


Jodes said...

Lovely heartfelt poem your friend wrote Kaz, thank you so much for sharing it.

Jodie xx

Tammy Templeton said...

I agree. A very touching tribute to all who have been through hell and back with the Vic fires.

iraggedy said...

Karen I found your blog thru Jen (the comfy place). I just wanted to send you love and luck from up north. Its insane that we up here are experiencing record flooding rain whilst you all down south are getting extreme heatwaves and these dreadful firestorms. I would gladly send some of the rain we are getting your way if I could (not all... because the last thing you guys need is floods on top of everything else) The poem is gorgeous and has brought tears to my eyes. I hope and pray that this mayhem stops soon for us all.