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July 2, 2013

Those brave souls
cooked in foil tents
now wisps of ghouls
‘oer residents
of crisps and coals
in present tense
and flame-licked shoals
beyond all sense.

Yes, we only get to hear
of those who brave the flame;
calling and hauling heavy gear
and battling to tame
a wall of fire without fear
the ultimate perilous game
their big courage will endear
those sheltered just the same.

This tragedy will underscore
our truly puny size;
the fires rage just like before
and blacken many skies.

Here’s a big shout-out to the first responders, those indubitably aptly-named ‘Hot Shots’ who perished!