-Vanessa Kiefer (‘20)
What Would You Take
It’s 11:00pm, they have gone to bed
The children are tucked in
Do they know the people have fled?
No- for they are in Northern California
A carefree state
Where all air is the perfect breathe
And the welcoming palm trees sway
But they are awakened
The people of the roses
For the fire’s embers have been lit
Right under their noses
“Get up, we must go!”
They call into the night
As they peer around their humble homes
And wonder what they will leave
Only to be consumed by light:
The family photo album? With
All the stories it holds?
Or maybe the two guitars
With the painted flowers
Embedded in the shiny wood.
A father’s wallet, complete with
His daughter’s first grade photo?
All of mother’s silverware
Personalized from her
The fires rage
Fueled by raging winds
So people are forced to wonder
What do they take?
What would you take in the midst of thunder?
In the past two weeks, a plethora of wildfires have been raging across Northern California, forcing residents to evacuate their homes from the threat of incineration. These fires have been continually fueled by California’s naturally dry winds, which help ignite the freshly dried vegetation due to reignition of the state’s drought. On October 14th, evacuations were ordered for areas in northeastern Santa Rosa, a city of about 175,000 people and only 50 miles northeast of San Francisco. The fires started on October 8th and do not show any signs of ceasing in the near future.