I saw the night sky glowing, it was a crimson flaming red
The smoke it billowed overhead, it filled our hearts with dread.
We knew this was no picnic, the fireman said ‘just go’
No time to look for trophies, just flee this fearsome foe.
We left our home and comforts, with memories galore
Our hearts were surely broken, this was our home no more.
In time the fires subsided, thanks to the falling rain
It rained and rained then rained some more, put out the cruel flame.
I look upon my burnt-out block, my eyes filled to the brim
How can I start again to build, with just the will within.
It’s then I know I’m not alone, there’s so much desolation
We all pitch in with strength renewed – you see we are – Australian.
By Warren Tanner
Parkes February 2020