Dawn's Awakening

July 10, 2013

And I Cry

As of the writing of this, the Silver Fire was over 125,000 acres. That part of the forest will never be the same in my lifetime.



And I Cry


Had a doctor’s appointment today.
When we left the house in our minivan,
The smoke from the Silver Fire was coming back in.
It was thick and choking out the sun.
Not a pretty sight to behold.

Ninety minutes after the appointment,
We loaded back up for our climb back into the mountains
And home.
The smoke had dropped down from up high.
It was like a puma that had pounced on its prey.
Smoke slithered among the trees.

We stopped at our mailbox on a post,
The smoke was stale on the air that crept in.
I watched bits of ash glide to the ground.
They seemed to make the fire in the distance
More real. More deadly. More final.
This fire should not be happening!

I became sad when we got in the house.
Had to close the windows to shut the smoke out.
I pondered the meaning of all this.
It had been so very dry.
Why does the Forest Service wait so long to act?
Do they not realize the damage that they have caused?

And I cry for the stately trees lost to the flames.
And I cry for the unique habitats destroyed by man’s ineptness.
And I cry for the terrified animals attempting to escape.
And I cry for the evacuated citizens shaken and fearful.
And I cry for the future generations who will never see the beauty that it once was.
And I cry for the hurting planet which works to heal itself no thanks to us.

2013 © Dawn L. Huffaker
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December 19, 2012

New Press Release for Nature through Poetry 2013 Calendar by Candace Morehouse

New Press Release for Nature through Poetry 2013 Calendar by Candace Morehouse

This is the new press release for our calendar Nature through Poetry 2013. It was written by Candace Morehouse-a wonderful and talented contemporary of mine. If you would like to spread the word about the calendar, please feel free to use this press release.

Nature through Poetry 2013 cover (small)

 

November 19, 2012

Poetry readings for poems appearing in the Nature through Poetry 2013 calendar

Thought that I would share 3 poetry readings with you from the new calendar (Nature through Poetry 2013: $17.95 for one, or discounts for 5 or more at Lulu.com).

January-Nursery

June- Magical Visitor

November- Young Deer

November 8, 2012

Nature through Poetry 2013 calendar is now available.

Nature through Poetry 2013 is here!

The calendar contains the mesmerizing photography of Marilyn Huffaker. Each photo is accompanied by a poem that was written by Dawn Huffaker to enhance the appreciation of nature for the reader.

The calendar is $17.95 plus shipping and handling.  There are discounts for five or more calendars. To purchase one, click here:

Buy A Calendar

They make great Christmas presents.

Here are samples of their work:

January-

June-

November-

Each month has a nature photo that inspired Dawn’s poetry –

November 19, 2011

Nature through Poetry 2012 calendar is now available

Hi!  I wanted to let you know that the Nature through Poetry 2012 calendar is now available.  Each month has beautiful photography (taken by my mom) and a poem (which I have created) that goes hand-in-hand with it, thus giving nature a voice.  Here are a few pages from it:

Calendar cover

Calendar cover


January photo with poem

January page


February photo and poem

February page


All photos included in this calendar

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The calendar may be purchased at Lulu.com for $16.95 plus freight.  There are price discounts for five or more, and they often offer coupons that will cover all or part of the freight.  Here is the link:

http://www.lulu.com/product/calendar/nature-through-poetry-2012/18654349

Have a Merry Christmas to you and yours!

March 25, 2011

Four Small, Red Bricks

Four Small, Red Bricks

 

When I was a wee one,

About four years old or so,

My folks had a beautiful garden

On the south side of our rock house.

Everything grew tall and strong –

From white Dinner Plate Dahlias to

Sweet, yellow NK-199 corn.

I was mesmerized by it all!

 

One day, I asked my father

If I could plant my own garden.

He said that it was okay with him.

So, on the outside of the garden fence,

Four small, red bricks outlined

My very first vegetable garden.

I planted one carrot seed,

And one radish seed.

 

With love and water, they soon sprouted.

Each day, my mom would set me by my garden,

And I would look after them.

From nothing to something, they became,

And I was excited to see the green tops.

I asked her, “When will they be ready?”

She told me that I would have to decide.

What a decision! It was tricky, too!

 

For while I could see the leafy tops,

I did not know how big the roots had become.

When I decided that it was time,

I pulled them both.

I was proud of my first crop,

Even though from adults eyes,

My carrot was forked,

And my radish was pithy!

 

Gardening is still in my blood.

I am happiest when I see new, spring shoots

Peeking out from the sleepy, winter ground,

And I know that the world is coming alive.

 

2011 © Dawn L. Huffaker

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