If I didn’t know better I might believe an Old Testament God—jealous, angry and vengeful— has unleashed his wrath
on Santa Rosa, California, and other communities throughout Sonoma, Napa and Mendocino counties
But i do know better.
I have watched from a disorienting distance, 2,000 miles away in Missouri.
i can’t find my keys
I first reached out to my supervisor at Catholic Charities, who has profoundly supported me throughand learned she and her husband co-workers and friendscause God, benevolent and fierce, rose in the red darkness, after a hurricane-strength gust blasted some ember or spark into dragon fire.
Whether or not you or I believe in a Higher Power, my understanding of what the divine should be is there.
I have watched from 2.000 miles away in Missouri where I’m visiting family.
i have only tears to offer. And
with first responders who ran toward Biblical hell, in the tens of thousands of people who fled from it,
They say anything from a carelessly discarded cigarette, a downed power line, a car’s backfire or a chainsaw’s pull could all be a possible ignition source.