Biographical Poetry posted September 27, 2014

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Tahoe Travels

by Joan E.

stifling heat and smoke
choke the Central Valley
fire's claws shred forests

the King scorches
subjected land and trees
his reign seems endless

wind gusts shift
and lake's sapphires glint
fire forgotten

blue spruce--red maple
and golden aspen compete
autumn's chorus sings

Poem of the Month contest entry


When I wrote this, the nearby "King" fire had engulfed 85,000 acres and was only 35% contained. Nevertheless, Lake Tahoe is in a breathtaking valley setting and chased our cares away.

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