Forest Fire

Forest Fire :

Someone dropped a burning match

Unheeded by the way

It caught on fire some underbrush.

Its user did not stay.

From grass to brush, from brush to tree,

So stealthily it ran.

That no one ever guessed or knew

Just where that fire began.

Someone built a campfire

And failed to put it out.

A breeze came and quickened

The embers spread about.

And soon the woods were blazing.

The fire spread and spread.

The trees that took long years to grow

Stand blackened now and dead.

Someone saw a little fire

As he was passing by.

He did not stop to put it out.

He did not even try.

He had not started it, of course.

He had no time to spare.

That it might start a forest fire.

He did not even care.

Myrtle Barber Carpenter

Forest Fire

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