Fire of the Heart and Sky

Teddy Miller Photograpy

Red Hot fire coursing through my veins

Hearts beat as one, open and weak at the knees

Kids out playing while fire trucks go by

The stop sign ignored

The siren in a distance

Food on the stove simering

Things are heating up

Red wine, licorice vines, hosing us down

Lovers, strangers, kids lost in the night

Electricity drawing us closer in embrace

While others run and flee

A shot on the outside, a pop on the inside

This moment, so primal and guteral upon entry

Kids screaming in the street

The fire getting closer

The beans smouldering on the stove

Moans, grons, sirens getting louder

The smell permeates the room,

A gust of wind

Smoke rising

Sheer delight

Ah sweet Jesus

I flush the toilet and look out the window

A fire of the heart and Sky

Memories of once before as flames turn all to ashes

Picture books, diaries, treasures, going up in flames

Burning a whole in my heart, in their heart and yours

We hold on and embrace this moment

Where love creates closeness and staves off sorrow

And yet may never be again

Starting over, in the rubble

Kids screaming

Parents crying

Dogs barking

And our amazing fire fighters putting out the flames.

Fire in the distance,

Vivid colors lighting up the sky, igniting sparks,

Burning a whole in my heart, your heart, all hearts.

The beauty unspeakable yet sad as the fire hangs in the air and warms us

through the night.

Grateful and thankful as we return and embrace

Fire of The Heart and Sky

kids tucked in

Dogs sleeping

The night quiet

Sirens silenced

Love waits

OMG what a night.

Teddy Miller Photograph

The Waddell Creek Fire happened Sunday night and these pictures were captured by our family friend Teddy Miller. It was burning directly over hwy 1 in California. Luckily no commumities were threatened.
Teddy captures wild life pictures in a moments notice and stops at nothing to get them. His work is captivating, colorful and enriches your heart when you see it. He lives in Davenport, Ca with his wife and new baby boy. You can find his work at

You might also remember hearing about the Lake County Fires in California which were devastating. That is where we were at the lake house last weekend where I shared pictures of our family weekend. We are blessed we were not affected by them but know many who were.

Stay Safe out there and Stay Strong!



Please like (if you do of course), comment and or share.

I so much appreciate it.

Like this post?

Follow me on Instagram Facebook Youtube

82 thoughts on “Fire of the Heart and Sky

  1. Wow, loved how beautifully you have portrayed the fire and the power it commands. This imagery was so powerful that I could the heat right through my phone. But are you safe? Is this place somewhere close to you? Take care Cindy. Loved the poem. 😍😍

    1. Thanks Kumar and that’s all because of our talk and saving the other post for the right time, whenever that is. I’m glad you liked it and it conveyed powerful imagery and “heat” for you and you didn’t get burned through your phone. lol. Thanks for sharing with me. We are but I worry about some of my lung comprimised clients cuz the smoke is heavy here even though it’s about an hour away and there’s ash on the cars.
      I will and you take good care too. 🙏❤️

      1. I loved reading this poem and I am pretty sure the one you are saving must be amazing as well. You should post it whenever you fell like. I would definitely love to read it. 😇
        Oh Cindy so sad to hear. Please take care. 😇

  2. I’m glad you are OK, Cindy! Reading your poem is like being there, smelling the smoke, the glow of the flames, the screams of children. I hope you don’t have any more fires!

    Many years ago in Virginia, there was a forest fire on the mountain above my home, and the smell of smoke was rolling down into our yard. I grabbed the dozen or so photo albums with family photos and put them in my car. The fire was extinguished, but I learned from the experience which possessions were irreplaceable.

    Take care, Cheryl

    1. Thanks Cheyrl, me too!!! Oh man it’s not a great visual but a true one at that and you unfortunately have been up close and personal to that. Wow, how smart were you that you got the albums. That’s the one thing I would take as well!!! I have 3 memory books and 1 left to do which I’m loathing because they are the original “Creative Memories” books with actual photos, cutting etc. But you are so right material items are replacable but pictures say 1,000 words. Although I sure feel for those that have to start over as there is nothing easy about it.
      Thanks for sharing Cheryl and you take care as well! 🙏❤️

  3. “Burning a whole in my heart, your heart, all hearts.” I liked this line the most. How amazingly you have described a fire incident in a poetry, choosing this as a theme is beyond my imagination 👍

    1. Glad you liked it Dulcy and shared your favorite line. To be honest, It’s beyond my imagination as well. LOL! You are a sweetheart for taking the time to comment.

  4. Your words explain how cruel the rage of fire is. Imagery of the same can be seen while reading. Happy that you are okay. 🙂😊

  5. “A shot outside,a pop inside….”so much heart touching dear!! Plz tell me-why the fire’s events are happened in forest of California.

    1. Thanks so much: we’ll, they are spreading here in marina, Solano county and Santa Cruz area. No containment yet. When I write this in the morning, I had no idea it was like this. Thanks for the thoughts.

  6. I’m with you. I experienced the Ridge Fire in Colorado when my husband was backpacking for a week and went to work every day with my albums and important papers in the car and a sign in my window that said “Cat Inside” for the firefighters. Every night there was smoke and an orange glow off my back deck. A good friend of mine is a retired smoke jumper; now he fights from the ground and ironically lost his home in the Camp Fire. We keep on keeping on. Love . . .

  7. My heart goes out to those who experienced this devastation… my sincerest love and prayers❤🙏

    “Memories of once before as flames turn all to ashes”… this line from your poem really drew my attention. I cherish memories so much, especially where a memory was made. So knowing memories are being lost through burnt houses, etc really hurts💔

    Loved the creativity of your poem though. 💚🔥

    1. Mine too Joel. I had NO idea when I wrote this,.. still 0% contained. I think there are more too., I know it’s so true all the memories who have infused us with our life which is so sad. Thank you sooo much. Much appreciated❤️🙏

  8. Sorry about the fire, glad everyone is safe. I can’t imagine losing so much in a fire, you’ve done well making this poem not so damaging as the fire! And these pictures your friend took are amazing and powerful, captured the fire in all its burning glory.

    1. Thanks so much! Yay! me too!! It’s continuing so keep the prayers coming.. appreciated. Thank you so much for noticing that and capturing the essence. I know he is an amazing photographer!!!
      Actually, he is the one that got evacuated yesterday I just wrote about.

  9. Your beautiful poem made me feel like I was right there with you! Although the pictures are gorgeous they tell the story of how devastating it must have been. Stay safe!

    1. Thank you so much. I know right, nothing more beautiful than a fire unfortuately. Thanks for your thoughts and kindness to take time to comment. Thank you and going to try your zucchini appetizers tonight. 🙏

  10. Great poem Cindy! It feels real while reading. Glad you’re all safe. ❤️

    Fires! Great or small there are lots of related incidents happened this year I heard from different countries. Hoping no more. 🙏🏼

    GOD bless 💕

  11. Woah, this was simply amazing! I love how vividly you’ve described the fire and the ill fated night; it’s almost as if you could picture yourself in this scenario. Keep writing amazing stuff like this!

    1. I’m humbly awed by your kind words and praise of this piece. It even surprised me. Thank you so much for taking time to share your thoughts with me! I really appreciate it.

  12. Ahh your poetry invoked such powerful imagery in my head. The fires must be devastating.
    Beautifully written, Cindy!
    I am glad you are safe and good. Hugs and love for all of you. Stay strong.

    1. Thanks Rishika, I really appreciate that. The weird thing, is when I wrote that, I had no idea that things were a “thing”. I actually had something else I was planning to write and it just popped out of me. I was stunned when i found out later it was. Thanks for the good wishes and your respone. 😘

      1. Oh wow. Coincidences do occur then, I guess. Or maybe it was your sub consciousness trying to emerge? Whatever it was, stay safe, Cindy ❤️❤️❤️

  13. This sounds terrifying! It’s a wonderful poem but so frightening to think it’s a real life situation. I hope you and your family are all safe and well.

    1. Thanks Ingrid. I had no idea when I wrote this how serious it was. My dad was evacuated and staying here as of today. My writing my take new twists. Thanks for taking time to comment. 😘

    1. They sure are and I had no idea when I wrote the poem. I had just received that picture and then all hell broke loose. My dad has been evacuated and is living here. Wish me luck. Thanks for the thoughts Dwight.

  14. I get a chuckle out of each article on the CA fires. It always reminds me of the insanity of those residents who continue to vote Democrat but expect a different result in their state’s fire control methods and cleaning up of the forests……………….what idiots.

  15. I can feel the chaos in your words my friend. We were praying about the fires but I couldn’t imagine what it must have been like and now I know. How frightening and devastating fire can be. Felt so badly for all the horrible loss. Watching a fire close enough that you can smell it and see it was definitely felt in your work. Beautifully descriptive but hard to read. Glad you all made it. Love and hugs to you Cindy, my friend. Joni

    1. Oh thanks so much Joni
      Yes, poor Califorina!!! And now more which is so devastating. We have a lake house 40 min from there in lake county and has been hit every year which is starting to seem normal. Thank god we’re on the lake!!! Thanks for reading this and your sweet comment. Big hugs to you dear Joni!! ❤️🤗

      1. I don’t know how you handle it. I have a terrible fear of fire but I think it comes from my mom cooking and drinking and setting the kitchen on fire several times. The smoke can’t be good for you either. Please be careful. I worry for people that won’t evacuate when the fire gets so close. Better to survive. Love you Cindy. 💕❤️💖

      2. Omg Joni, that’s so scary!!! Of course it is. Lordy that would be enough to send you into orbit. I’m just seeing this.. it was in spam ..ugh. No you’re right about the smoke. I’ve been having some weird breathing heart issues but seem ok.. geez.. I know it is so scary. awww love you too Joni! ❤️ Cindy

      3. Please be very careful my dear friend. I couldn’t imagine you close to that. I am so glad you are ok. Thank God. Love to you my sweet friend. 💕❤️Joni

Leave a Reply