evidence to the commission of enquiry #6 communication difficulties

Back to: Surviving the Devil: A Song of Fire
Poem #34 from the ‘Surviving the Devil’ collection (unpublished)

our fire station doesn’t have the internet on
the captain had to race back home
to get his laptop

it runs wireless
so we could keep checking out the web-site that way
for updates
and for the warnings

out in the fire
we had a moment when the mobile phone worked
and we tried to call in an ambulance
but nobody came
so we picked up this body
that was mostly cooked flesh and blisters and pain
put him on one of our ladders

and I drove the truck
as slow as I could
but with trees falling down around us
in a dance of sparks and mustard-yellow smoke
I could hardly see through
it was a rough enough ride
I guess

the ambulance finally arrived
after we got back to the station
but they were too late
or I’d taken too long
or he never had much chance anyway
with so much of his body burned

but there are times
even in a hopeless case like that
and times when you wake
in the middle of the night
with the smell in your nose from remembering
when you wish
there was someone you could talk to

© Frank Prem, 2010

To Poem #35: evidence to the commission of enquiry
#7 next time

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