Must beauty always come with pain?
Not even Mother Earth is spared.
The French say “il faut souffrir pour être belle”
“one must suffer to be beautiful”.
The meteorologists report that Canada’s blaze
may create an extraordinary sunset
from the poisonous haze.
The death of a forest combines with the end of a day.
A terrible funeral pyre from which smoke chokes the air.
Yet Nature rises like the Phoenix,
the sinking Sun takes a deep, brave, gasping breath,
exhaling one last crimson burst,
creating a sky too awesome to bear.
Photo: Hazy sky in Vermontville due to wildfires. Photo by Melissa Hart