Lake Tahoe is Burning
3 July 2007
Lake Tahoe is burning,
in a manner of speaking.
In truth, the forest is burning,
the trees, the houses, the animals,
the tranquility accorded those who escaped
the fire below, only to be singed above.
They barrel down the mountain like madmen,
in BMWs, Audis, Infinities, taking the curves
as if they were evangelicals
believing the fire to be a precursor
to the Rapture. Jesus on the other side
of the blind curve, 6% downgrade.
Smoke rises and spreads out against the blue.
The television crews are coming.
They will be tabulating the losses
in millions of dollars. Such is life.
© 2007, Satya J. Gabriel