#GirlsWriteBack: "A Catalytic Summer" by Fatima Tall

#GirlsWriteBack is a summer writing project hosted by the GirlSense & NonSense Blog. It features weekly essays, poems, and fiction by young women writers responding to news headlines.

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By Fatima Tall

Responding to: "Northern Idaho wildfires destroy 42 homes, 79 outbuildings", The Idaho Statesman

Today the mountains are burning and when I say burning I mean their black sooted rooted trees are being engulfed in this August flame and oddly enough I laugh at the paradoxic sky where belly bottom clouds try to float through toxic air where opened mouth breezes try to breathe with hypoxia while out of breath you can’t help and wonder Is this the end of our human era? Is this the end of our human error? Is this the end?

We need to be in quarantine c We need to be more intuned with our sanity Not for the sanctity of our own lives but for the submissive land we live on because we are battling a dim-witted demon that doesn’t know what it wants to destroy a demon we’ve created with leftover omniscients and backwards over- confidence a teenage boy with societal rage that can’t keep his hands to himself So we must suit up soldiers with battle scars to try and control him to scare him into a corner with snakes and gilded rainfall while trampling over mother nature's burnt shut eyelids.

She dreads these clumsy caustic days She dreads these clumsy caustic people She dreads today because today the mountains are burning and when I say burning I mean they’re really burning.