Eden’s End

straw-
berries
dipped
in
cream,
hidden,
rise cool
from the bowl
drip
spill

over

in the heat
they can only do
so much

when flames
lap
at the edge
temp-
erature
rises
there is no
refreshment
high
in the
mountains
where Birds
pass

smacked lips
still crack
like earth
take another
sweet
bite
to (out)last
red
skies
swallow
tinder dry
words
fail us

we lapse
into a
silence
that comes
of
too many
too much
to witness
the garden’s
Last Days
cast
in ash
and dust.

Wildfire smoke just off a highway through the mountains, as seen through the windshield of a vehicle.
Wildfire smoke at Eastgate near Manning Park, British Columbia, August 2021. (Sonia Nicholson Photo)

Published by Sonia Nicholson

Sonia Nicholson is an archivist, executive assistant, and writer. She was born and raised in Osoyoos, British Columbia, Canada and studied French and Spanish at the University of Victoria. She lives in Victoria, British Columbia with her husband, two children, and two rescue dogs. Follow her on Twitter @nicholsonsonia_

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