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FIREFALL painting/poem

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Afternoon bonfire burns

Five feet from the Glacier Point precipice

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Thunderclouds rumble across the sky

Ready to be painted by the setting sun

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Light fades fast to pink, purple, and dark blue

David Curry calls up from Yosemite Valley floor


Fire tenders shove thick piles of hot coals

Over the cliff

With a long metal pushers

What a view from the meadow below

Cascades of red and orange

All the way down to the ash pile at the bottom

Mixing with granite scree

Hundreds of watchers in silent awe

Captivated by the light show of fire on rock

Behind green trees of Camp Curry


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Civil/ Environmental Engineer. Retired from the USDA Forest Service in 2001. Since then I'm dabbling in oil & watercolor painting, memoirs, poetry, grandfathering, golf, gardening, Meals-On-Wheels, and OpEdNews. To preview my new book, Ekphrasis, (more...)

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