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Portland is On Fire

Portland is On Fire

The car radio was on

Tuned to news

“Portland is on fire. Everywhere!”

The speaker's voice was certain

His inflection unkind

My car was on the steel bridge

Headed west into the flames

But I saw no flames

Just a Portland grey sky

Harboring rain

Traffic slowed

I lifted my phone

Camera at the ready

Pointed toward the fires

Which weren’t there

Then I saw

Billowing above the stoplights

Hovering on the edge of gardens

Interlaced with orange, yellow

Scarlet and green

Flaming at the Pittock Mansion

Burning in the Japanese Garden

Painting canvases Monet would covet

Framing waterfalls

Littering lawns

Portland is best

When The Creator sets it on fire!

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