Southern Oregon Fires 2021

Sky, blue, unsmudged by cloud

Mountains, dimensionless and dry

Dirty windscreen frames a 70s Western,

Disbelief suspended.

Forgotten, the trick of

Conjuring mountains and sky,

Allowing a slack mind to misconstrue smoke as mist,

To frame erasures as artistic gestures.

Endless smoke

Disappeared like dry ice in a magician’s show.

Can I bear to remember?


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