Wildfire Afternoon

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Wildfire Afternoon
A Poem

We play Animal Crossing until noon, and then 
Swim in the apartment complex pool 

With the tiny bodies of flies, bees, and moths as 
Company, pray tell what ambitions should one have in a pandemic,

What poems should a poet write, 
What odes to nature when nature is on fire?

What ode to humanity 
When humanity is a burning match?

We swim surrounded by the smoke of nearby wildfires, 
Week three now, week after week things burn, 

We are our own island, we swim until we feel
Our throats hurt, our eyes sting, 

And we go back inside, sit side by side in our towels and 
Play together, each of us queens of our own island, 

Each of us safe and happy, each of us making friends 
And creating a world where nothing ever has to burn. 

©Jenny Justice. All Rights Reserved.

Jenny‌ ‌Justice‌, Poet.‌ ‌Sociologist. Teacher. Mother. Woman. Author‌ ‌of‌ ‌Love‌ ‌in‌ ‌the‌ ‌Time‌ ‌of‌ ‌Climate‌ ‌Change‌ ‌and‌ ‌Reveal.‌ ‌You‌ ‌can‌ ‌read‌ ‌more‌ ‌of‌ ‌her‌ ‌poetry‌ ‌at‌‌ ‌Justice‌ ‌Poetic.‌‌  ‌‌Sign‌ ‌up‌ ‌for‌ ‌her‌ ‌newsletter‌ ‌‌here‌.‌ Follow her on jennyjusticepoet.com.

Published by Jenny Justice

Jenny ‌Justice‌, Poet.‌ ‌Sociologist. Teacher. Mother. Woman. Author‌ ‌of‌ ‌Love‌ ‌in‌ ‌the‌ ‌Time‌ ‌of‌ ‌Climate‌ ‌Change‌ ‌and‌ ‌Reveal.‌ ‌

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