08 August 2017

If They Be of Use





July 7, 2017: A wildfire burns on a mountain near Ashcroft, B.C.
July 7, 2017: A wildfire burns on a mountain near Ashcroft, B.C.



Take these tears if they be of use
in quenching your forest fires.
They’re too salty to quench a thirst.

Cry with horses, trees and eagles
Cry with those who can never cry
but run and burn, call out and die

while we hold buckets on the side
to catch the teardrops as they fall
and try to make our buckets full.

But water evaporates faster
than we can gather it, and salt
left behind is dry as plaster.

Who can wring out the clouds and steam,
to draw the water needed here?
Oceans overflow, but not near.

Take our actions as true prayers
if they be of use, though unformed.
They're all we have to counter fear.




My blog poems are rough drafts. 
Please respect my copyright. 

© 2017 Susan L. Chast



4 comments:

Peter Chast said...

well put.
I like that.

Sherry Blue Sky said...

This is so beautiful, Susan!

Martin Kloess said...

A heartfelt plea

Sumana Roy said...

Beautiful and heartfelt.