Friday, 5 June 2009
Oakland hills fire, 1991 (NASA aerial view)
Out of a blow dryer Santa Ana rolling
firefly showers down scrub oak
and eucalyptus canyons in wild
cascades explodes a bloody charcoal
cloud, and ghost smoke closes
in on trees that feel gun crazy
nervous in coverts of the night
as Oakland burns down toward the bay.
Later quieting evening beams up in a cold
opalescent moon above fogged ruins,
flickering gas mains are what remains
to glimmer in the charged glowworm dark.
Oakland hills firestorm: photo by Paul Kienitz, 1991