Fire Flood

Dewy drops of sun-soaked rays
Become a steady shower
Building to a lashing storm
Of searing, scorching power

Puddles of heat ripple and shimmer
Sparking in the light
Spraying mists of smoky cloud
That scale to towering height

Winds whip up a fiery tide
That crashes wave on wave
On shore of tinder grass and pine
Drowning all beneath the blaze

Valleys swell with molten streams
That snake with eerie glow
Cascading falls of liquid flame
Down mountain gorges flow

At last the tempest’s fury ends,
Leaving wounds of sooty mud
Earth’s charred scars heal to green –
Survivor of the fire flood

Wayne Visser © 2002


Wishing Leaves: Favourite Nature Poems

This creative collection, now in its 3rd edition, brings together nature poems by Wayne Visser, celebrating the diversity, beauty and ever-changing moods of our planet. The anthology includes many old favourites like “I Think I Was a Tree Once” and “A Bug’s Life”, as well as brand new poems like “Monet’s Dream” and “The Environmentalist”. Then as we turned our faces to the moon / Our hands entwined, our hearts in sync, in tune / We felt the fingers of the silken breeze / And made our wishes on the falling leaves / A gust of wind set off a whispered sigh / Among the trees that leaned against the sky.  Buy the paper book / Buy the e-book.