Lost Time in the Burn Scar
Old fire behaviorist, forester and range
manager – teaching how a forest comes back
from fire. But unlike the land, you
can’t come back. I’m walking below a log deck
of burned-dead conifers. I pulled over to see
what’s happening, two years after fire
that turned the ground to ash under skeleton
trees. Now it’s growing green:
coyote mint and thistle, aster, mules ears,
butterweed, ceanothus – which species? you
could tell me if you were here. You could name
all these grasses, too – my plant app
won’t hazard a guess. And elderberry – already
big as a bush in its first year, flowering.
And pollinators! moths, butterflies, bees.
Tiny grasshoppers. Did I think I was alone
here? so many lives moving so fast,
I almost bumped into a butterfly! Two years.
They’re making up for lost time.