Monday, November 12, 2018

Arlene Corwin writes

Days After: Post Birthday

Twenty-five past midnight,

Lights are down and so am I, 

Cat on bed

And Arlene headed

For a future not yet formed -

If formed not known. 

Have you taken note or, paid attention, 

That with birthday done,

The formal back to normal,

And you’re on your way

To twelve months later,

There is an ambience, 

A new and hopeful dance begun?


Life is the strangest:

After being wined and dined,

Celebrated, loved and praised,

I see, on TV news released

The little California town 

Where daughter Jennifer was born,

Burnt down! 

Paradise - its name now wrong,

Evacuated and destroyed,

Heaven turned to fiery hell.

Good, good Lord, I’m tearful-filled

With sadness;  

The madness

                     of cruel fate,

The date that I make eighty-four

Daughter’s birthplace is no more!

And other daughters, sons and pets:

As diabolical as life gets!

Dumbfounding, staggering, injurious to matter

With no soul-ution cearly chartered.


Days of celebrating

Must be taken


For though behaving cheerily and merrily,

One knows that lifestyles change within a minute:

Minuet to ricochet, 

Swimsuit to a lawsuit -

Nature’s calm to warfare’s harm.

Friends, be serious, be kind,

Avoid illusions that seem lasting.

Is that asking

                      just too much?

Is the asking just unjust?

Friends, become unblind.

It’s all about two opened eyes,

Becoming wise by sizing up reality -
In all its lies.
Businesses burn in downtown Paradise during Camp Fire in Butte County, Calif.. on Thursday, November 8, 2018. Photo: Scott Strazzante / The Chronicle

 -- Scott Strazzante

1 comment:

  1. "Welcome to Bearadise" was a sign marking the Black Bear Diner in Paradise, California. The town, 10 mi (16 km) east of Chico, was originally called Leonards Mill and was sometimes referred to as Poverty Ridge, but seems to acquired its final name from the Pair O'Dice Saloon. It acquired a post office in 1877. The Camp Fire of 8 November 2018 completely destroyed the town and became the deadliest fire in California history.


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