Bushfire Christmas

Bushfire Christmas …


‘Twas Christmas Eve when months of drought
Had dried up all the creeks.
Bush fires that started in the north
Now reached the southern peaks.
The cattle-tracks wound through the bush
Like long and dusty aisles,
And with a sudden gust of breeze
The fire would spread for miles.

At night along the mountain ridge
The scene was grand and strange –
The hill-fires looked like lighted streets
Of cities on the range.
The fire leapt any flowing streams
And kept its own accord.
It climbed the trees, engulfed the boughs,
As through the scrub, it roared.

Like the sound of distant gunfire
It crackled through dry lakes,
And o’er the spear and buffalo grass
It hissed like angry snakes.
The bees fell stunned within the smoke,
Or perished in their hives,
And fleeing with the livestock,
Roos bounded for their lives.

But, as the sun rose Christmas Day
God smiled down on the Earth.
Drought-ending rain poured from the sky,
From Darwin down to Perth.
It filled the streams and waterways,
And soothed drought-ravaged land,
And snuffed out every raging fire
O’er every mile it spanned.


by John Hansen © 2019

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Longtime poet but not in the traditional technical sense. I enjoy rhyme but like to experiment and dabble in many different forms and maybe even make up some of my own. There is always a message or lesson I want to promote through my writing, for that reason, my poetry generally shies away from the abstract and obscure. After a lot of procrastinating I have finally self-published my first eBooks of poetry "I Laughed a Smile" and "On the Wings of Eagles" at Lulu.com. Now I find myself branching out and experimenting with short fiction. I have also been fortunate to have two poems chosen to be made into songs and recorded. The first "On the Road to Kingdom Come" by Al Wordlaw, and the second, "If I Could Write a Love Poem" by award-winning Israeli/British singer Tally Koren. I am also finding my services increasingly in demand as a freelance writer and I have ghost-written the text for a number of children's books and educational tutorials. It has taken me many years of searching and restlessness to realise that my life's passion is to write. It saddens me that I wasted so many years not devoting to that, but thinking positively, the experiences gained over those years is now wonderful material for my stories and poems. I want to try to bring a new focus on poetry and try to make it appealing to a new generation of young people and those who thought they never liked or understood it before.

8 thoughts on “Bushfire Christmas

  • November 22, 2019 at 2:18 PM

    A Christmas miracle perhaps. Sounds like an awful undertaking. Hopefully that rain comes swift and fierce. Nice verse John.

  • November 22, 2019 at 4:40 PM

    Paul, we are awaiting rain with bated breath. So far there is none in sight. All I have heard for two days is sirens as fires burn everywhere. It will be a Christmas miracle that I am hoping for, even if it leads to flooding which is likely when it does finally come. Thanks for reading.

  • November 22, 2019 at 5:41 PM

    Such a different world you come from John… hope your drought ends soon my friend. Wonderful work here.

    • November 23, 2019 at 12:18 AM

      Hi Phyllis. Thank you for your kind comment. Your reading my work is always appreciated.

  • November 23, 2019 at 12:17 AM

    Yes, Kurt, sometimes it is hard to believe we live on the same planet. Thank you for reading and your well-wishes.

  • November 23, 2019 at 8:51 AM

    John I hope your family and friends are doing ok through the fires. Do you all still have your homes? I am sorry about the belated concern and my prayers are with your family. Jamie

  • November 24, 2019 at 3:16 AM

    Thank you for your concern, Jamie. We are all ok so far with no fires immediately threatening our homes. At present most fires seem to be under control or out. However, there will be more if we don’t get rain soon, and substantial rainfall isn’t predicted until January.


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