Born of Fire
Somewhere deep in the woods
A tree catches fire
and soon almost the
Beetles smell the smoke miles away,
They swarm the forest and lay their eggs in the charred trees.
The eggs hatch and the larvae feed on the dead bark.
Birds too smell the smoke and flock there to feed on the
Woodpeckers peck through the deadwood,
Creating nests inside the dead trees and raise their babies.
A variety of flowers and shrubs begin to sprout,
The heat of the fire seems to have opened their seeds
Growing out of the soil enriched by the fire.
The flowers attract different kinds of insects and other birds as well.
Deer and all sorts of creatures then come to feed on the fresh grass
and vegetation which the forest fire has made more nourishing.
The dead trees fall, the decaying wood fertilizes the soil.
Another cycle begins…
A new generation of trees grow
And the forest,
Born of fire
Has returned to life.