Credit to photo & poem is Gary Mathews from South Australia, Stockport - recently affected by the fires.
I have been deeply touched by the recent SA fires and the trial of immense loss and devastation that has unfolded since Wednesday.
I'm a country girl at heart from SA. I now live in Melbourne. My parents still live on the farm on YP.
This week I was so deeply concerned and feeling for the animals, people and family and friends in this area - knowing how quickly & harshly these spring / summer fires can bring devastation and loss to the land and people....just like that!
My thoughts and prayers are with you all, your family, & your community during this time of rebuilding and recovering.
Warmest wishes of strength & hope.
I came across this beautiful piece of writing by Gary Mathews a local resident affected by the fires - about the people who have been affected by the recent South Australian fires. My heart goes out to you all.
Being so close our phones are full of photos that we could post, or we could put up our drone to show you the blackened landscape. Some of the best land in SA that now looks like a desert.
What these photos can't show you, is the heartache, that it is for some of our neighbours to be burnt out two years in row. They can't show you the grief, from loss of life, of those we know or have heard of and their stories that go with them. Pictures can't show you the heartbreak of watching your sheds or your house that you lived and raised your children, in many cases the same as your Father, grandfather or even further has, been burnt to the ground, knowing there is nothing you can do.
They can't show you the emotions of seeing the farm shearing shed destroyed a place full of the smell of lanoline, that has been home to many a story and yarn over a cup of tea between runs at smoko. Photos can't show what it is like to see new machinery or faithful old girls, that you have spent many hours driving, maintaining, that share a place of pride, turn into burnt out piles of rusty steel.
They can't show you the feeling of seeing trees that have provided shelter and shade for hundreds of years fallen and burnt.
It can't show you the feelings as suited politicians, with a managed background offer you money for a tooth brush and a clean undies to show the city folk voters, they care and have an understanding of what has happened.
Pictures also can't show you the relief, when you find your family, your beloved pets, your neighbours are OK after seeing the fierceness and anger of this fire.
Our hearts break for you.
May strength and hope be with all the farmers on this land during their rebirth, renewal, rebuilding and recovery process."
My thoughts, prayers & candle lights are with all the people who have been affected by the recent South Australian fires - including the fire fighters who put their life on the line to save lives.
In prayer & love,
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