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Sonoma Valley Firestorm
by Michael Sheffield

Michael lives in Kenwood, California, and was one of the many residents who was forced to evaculate during the terrible fires that ravaged Santa Rosa and the surrounding wine country area last summer.

midnight — evacuation
a farewell wave
to my lovely home

gale force winds
the valley devowered
by deadly flames

the dense smoke
I inhale bits of
forest and homes

overnight rain
the crisp crest of mountains
after the firestorm

blackened trees
already the forest floor
a carpet of green