Copyright 2013 by Leslie Varsava. All rights reserved.

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A raging fire has scorched the land
Smoke still fills the air
The stumpy ghosts of jack pine trees
Smolder everywhere
But the raging inferno
Released new life this day
The resin sealed cones
Can only open in this way
Amongst remains of smoking stumps
Seeds have fallen to the earth
Fire brought death
But also brought birth

Source: Up North by Doug Bennet and Tim Tiner