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Barbara Ellen Baldwin

Progress Report : Bosque Fires
Better now on Corrales side
with air support and dozers
Fire spotted across river
quickly moving
via islands here
Fire on the Sandia
much larger
I cannot figure loss
No portion of fire
at this time
Did you say
no portion controlled
Yes   No  Uncertain
Was looking damn good
around seven
sun getting lower
Winds subsiding
Winds subsiding
Will they provide
suppression overnight
Yes     Yes     Uncertain
Walked perimeter of fire
GPS’d it
Five acres
at seven P.M.
Flames raced between
Romero Road
and  Harvey Jones Channel
Fire 40 percent severity
Remember Cabezon fires
Fuels heavy
in these landscapes
Response heroic
Romero blaze
fiercely contained
Community  fight
Chief M  phenomenal
Lara has
volunteers safe
repeat  safe
We were lucky
Grandmother said
Angels seen herding winds
Just a saying you know
over and out
Barbara Ellen Baldwin is a book reviewer, and vets writing online for finely crafted print journals. Work has appeared or is forthcoming in: The Annals Of Internal Medicine, Barnwood, Canary, Clover: A Literary Rag, Prick Of The Spindle, The Brooklyner Web, Constellations, a Journal of Poetry and Fiction, Conclave, a Journal of Character, Poetry Northwest, The Lullwater Review, The Snail Mail Review, Fugue,Gulf Stream, The West Wind Review, Speakeasy, Pivot, North Stone Review, Wordgathering, Art Centering, and elsewhere. Author teaches online and privately by appointment and studies ASL with signing coaches, as time permits.


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