Healing – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

Photo: a section of jarrah forest post controlled burn in the Beelu National, Park Mundaring.

Since the 2019/2020 national fire disaster debate has focussed on a number of positive possibilities for better fire control, especially Indigenous Cultural Fire methods which are cool fires. One of the beliefs around Cultural Fire is its capacity to be a healing process, much like the North American Indigenous belief that fire is healing.

“Cultural fire means everything. It means healing Country and when you heal Country you heal people.” Wurundjeri Elder – Dave Wandin


Blackened trunks of last year's controlled burn,
the ravages of heat intense to the sensitive eye,
some have fallen while others are resisting change,

∼ some have survived to show the tale of life ∽

Of fragile, selfless community transforming together,
how green vibrantly shines and wouldn't be the same
without the healing narrative of blackened trunks.

Copyright 2021 ©Paul Vincent Cannon
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Filed under bush walking, Country, Free Verse, life, mindfulness, nature, poem, Puente, quote

21 responses to “Healing – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

  1. Lovely poem. We need a lot more fragile selfless communities transforming themselves if we all want to survive.

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  2. A beautiful, meaningful poem, Paul. The bristle pine trees in CA depend on fire for germination. Fires are a part of nature but can be devastating for people. Global warming might be the cause of the severe fire seasons some areas are experiencing lately. I hope Australia does not have abnormal fires this year. Take care! ❤

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    • Yes, hoping you and wee have better years ahead. Fortunately our state govts are learning from our Indigenous elders about better prescribed burning methods. Thank you Cheryl.


  3. I understand the purpose of controlled burns and their role in regeneration of plant life, but I still find those blackened trunks disturbing.

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  4. Reblogged this on By the Mighty Mumford and commented:
    good stuff!

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  5. Great theme – healing as we burn the dross away. I need to catch up.on your poetry Paul. Such a refreshing read

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