Our western continental neighbour
three hours away by plane sprawls
along the vast heaving ocean.
Its bush fires feature on our news
and internet to inform all those
with friends and relations living
over there, with commentary,
questions crossing through the ether.
Intermittent bush fires have
flared there over the years until
their recent proliferation , with
increasingly hotter temperatures
in burning dry air.
Now vast acreages of fire spread
along the central stretch of the
continent’s eastern coast, send
up thick clouds of smoke
clogged with ash and debris.
Along with our cyber news
strong south easterly winds blow
smoke, ash debris on to parts
of our own western coast.