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Fires In Poetry: A Poem to Light the Heart


Tim Truzy is a poet, short-story author, and he is currently working on several novels.

Firefighters hurry to stop fires from destroying property and life

Firefighters hurry to stop fires from destroying property and life

Introduction: Fire! Fire! Everywhere!

When I was a newspaper columnist, I had the opportunity to interview a fire chief of a small town in this state. She explained saving lives and property filled her with a peace she could gain in no other way. However, she was constantly ridiculed and frequently ostracized. After further investigation with employees in the community, I learned she was resented by many for being a female minority holding considerable power in the town according to various sources. It occurred to me: she fought more than one fire at a time and had to be flexible.

Indeed, there are infernos consuming our landscape and society. Humans aflame at differences – immigrants, people of color, women - the groups and emotions are numerous, raging in a never ending Hell of our own making. The flames burst forth from hate, distrust, and misunderstanding. Wildfires are roasting our hearts as we seek shelter.

Yet, there are infernos consuming our landscape. Bonfires from hills of cooperation, making ashes of envy, jealousy, and resentment. Collaboration engulfing tyranny and oppression. Exploding forth from the power of love, cohesion puts out rage. Blazes of enmity look for places to hide from the fire that brings light.

We are like firefighters. We dislike destructive arsonists – those who would torch our dreams and hopes. This poem is dedicated to all of us who carry the tools to fight the devastating rampant waves of fire. We are sparks of light, and we stamp out smoldering smoke and confusion which some initiate. Enjoy: We are Firefighters.


We can cease from detonating hate

We can cease from detonating hate

We are Firefighters

Hearts glowing scorching passions ignited,

Fire trucks roll pass us to extinction,

Hand in hand we compiled kindling,

Love drowns anger with distinction.

Hydrants no water flow fire engine,

Flooded to murkiness future in toil,

Pleasant plateaus hide mountainous meadows,

I walk you ride along blistering soil.

Heedless flames inflame our unity

Hellish heat will not torch these foundations,

Disintegrating explosions massive,

Held together His administration.

We have to find hidden fires before they cause catastrophes

We have to find hidden fires before they cause catastrophes

They fail to see us; they walk over us,

Blacker death struck with powerful match,

Cruelty fuels and smelt tools of infernos,

Insulated fire does not catch.

“They are weak!” one cried from the dead ashes,

“They will not step into burning disease!”

“We carry a lighter!” I responded,

“Lantern carriers we are born with these!”

Gentle words melt hate to oblivion,

Molten temperaments erupting to cool,

Living in homes smoking to disappear,

Bombs in possession frustrate frying fools.

Firefighters must carry tools to neutralize dangerous substances

Firefighters must carry tools to neutralize dangerous substances

They left embers their past to reignite,

Fiery arrows they threw at you, Love,

Gear infused to withstand all Hell born storms,

Safe haven Fortress fire proof above.

O Dear Love! You radiate with passion.

O my beloved, blast us with your kindness,

O Heart. You anger hate with tenderness,

My Soul! Remove their obscuring blindness.

Hugs quench amongst the incineration,

Campfire extinguisher in my hand,

Blood mingled like fluid in those starters,

Fire fighters halt the burning of Man.

Interesting Facts About Fire

  • Fire is a chemical reaction creating heat and light and releasing various gases in the air. The color of the flame is dependent on the material being burned. Individual flames in most instances do not cast shadows, and most fires start from accidental mishandling of items such as cigarettes.
  • Christmas is the worse time for accidental fires. But in some countries, there are ritualistic dances in flames. Although the use of fire dates back to early homo sapiens, believing to first occur with cooking, controlled fire for entertainment was first used by the Chinese in fireworks.
  • Firefighters have one of the most dangerous occupations in the world. Often, trained professional firefighters may set controlled fires in forests to reduce the likelihood of wildfires occurring. Fire extinguishers, which the public can obtain, may contain powder, carbon dioxide, water, or foam. Fire safety should always be a priority at home, in businesses, and in schools.
  • In literature, fire frequently symbolizes contact or a connection with divinity. This conceptual application of fire in writing probably started with religious text. For example, when Moses speaks to the "burning bush" in the Bible, most people understand Moses made contact with God. Fire is also used to express intense emotions of anger or even love between people. Fire is frequently viewed as a purifying or destructive force in some poetry, short stories, or novels. The inclusion of fire in most creative works usually signals a significant change is about to happen.
Preventing fires from starting helps the firefighter and all of us

Preventing fires from starting helps the firefighter and all of us


Tim Truzy (author) from U.S.A. on September 20, 2020:

As the west coast of the U.S. burn in fires, I am reminded of several fire fighters I know. They are hard working people who risk their lives to make us safe, and my prayers go with those in Oregon, Washington, and California. God bless you all.

Tim Truzy (author) from U.S.A. on October 06, 2019:

Serious research continues on fires. Wildfires torched parts of Canada and the northwest section of the U.S. in 2017. Huge clouds of soot were made during this period. According to the journal Science, the enormous Pyrocumulonibus clouds tossed particles into the air that could damage the ozone layer. Like any type of fire, we have to manage or prent them as much as possible. Thanks for dropping by.

Tim Truzy (author) from U.S.A. on December 24, 2018:

This year saw an incredible increase in fires in the western U.S. In fact, California had the worse year on record according to some reports. This include substantial damage to agricultural lands. But brave men and women fought those flames-united to stop the destruction. Maybe there is a lesson we can take from that; we can put out infernos when we apply hard work and dedication.



Tim Truzy (author) from U.S.A. on July 24, 2018:

Thanks, John. I salute you and your dedication. Thank you for your service to humanity.

I've read how ferocious fires can be down in your part of the world. It's great to know you and thanks again.

I look forward to reading more of your inspiring and creative works as well.

Much respect,



John Hansen from Queensland Australia on July 21, 2018:

Tim, as an ex-firefighter and secretary of a brigade I was attracted to this poem. I love your use of fire to explain the flames of prejudice in our society. I worked for a rural brigade so we dealt mainly with wildfire and thankfully it did not often involve the destruction of homes or loss of life. This was wonderful to read.

Tim Truzy (author) from U.S.A. on June 29, 2018:

A comment from a true Lantern Carrier in the spiritual and physical world of man, nothing is more fulfilling to my spirit than to receive your thoughtful comment, my spiritual brother.

It is true. We all have a little light.

I bet you have heard that old gospel song: This Little Light of Mine? Maybe we can burn away the darkness, as you so correctly put it, Manatita.

Thanks again.

Much respect,



manatita44 from london on June 29, 2018:

A great take on fire there. Burns our darkness.The fire fighters are both within and without. I like how you weave this piece Bravo!

Tim Truzy (author) from U.S.A. on June 28, 2018:

Hi, Abwilliams,

Please, let your grand daughter know your son-in-law makes all of us proud. Many men and women would be afraid to do the job he does with a spirit of service and caring.

Thank you for caring enough to give your time and energy to this poem.

Mutual respect,

Your family member a little north of you,


Tim Truzy (author) from U.S.A. on June 28, 2018:

You are right, Tamara. Thank you for your comment. They are special people.



Tamara Wilhite from Fort Worth, Texas on June 28, 2018:

Firefighters are modern day heroes, risking their safety to protect our lives.

Tim Truzy (author) from U.S.A. on June 28, 2018:

Thank you, Sean.

Gratefully, today is a reading day, much to enjoy from my spiritually intelligent and gifted writers from around the world.

I remember as a child, they used to bring fire trucks to school for a Fire Awareness Day. We would climb in those vehicles, turn on the alarms, and once in a while, we got to climb the rescue ladders - at least step on one. The firefighters were always kind and really showed us gentleness, even when asking "stupid" questions.

They are definitely some of my heroes.

Thank you.

Much respect,

Your brother,


Tim Truzy (author) from U.S.A. on June 28, 2018:

Yes, and you work to extinguish those burning infernos yourself, my friend. I pray your son-in-law is always safe and successful. That's a brave man, Abwilliams. He has my admiration and deepest thanks for saving lives and protecting property.

Thanks a lot.



Tim Truzy (author) from U.S.A. on June 28, 2018:

Thank you, Threekeys. I appreciate your comments. I've been fortunate enough to talk with several of these brave souls, and they deserve respect. We are lucky enough to help make their jobs easier and our lives as well.



Ioannis Arvanitis from Greece, Almyros on June 28, 2018:

Excellent metaphor, my Brother! Your poem is a great prayer! You put together so many significant topics with mastery. Firefighters are among my favorite heroes, and you paid an excellent tribute to them.

We are together on this too.

God Bless you!


A B Williams from Central Florida on June 28, 2018:

Hi Tim, my son-in-law is a firefighter, so this grabbed my attention.

Well done my friend....per usual. :)

threekeys on June 28, 2018:

Firefighters-brave, brave, brave people. Thankyou for doing such a great job!

Great poem Tim. I enjoyed it.

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