Forced to Flee

Firestorm       Grace H. Wever  •  Union Grove, Alabama, USA

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NFS 72 x 38 inches | 2018

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C.S. Lewis, a soldier in WW I`s trenches, captured the desperation of the times: “I am the bomb, the falling death.”* Aerial bombardments roiled massive stone foundations, while children, cocooned in half-lit bunkers, slept fitfully. The ensuing firestorms raged, consuming even noxious air. Breathless survivors surged upward, vaporized by the inferno outside. Tens of millions fled.

At the city`s outskirts, my husband, just ten, doused his home`s burning roof. We eventually met, married, and raised children with Old World traditions, trimming our yuletide tree incautiously with candles. Years thereafter I recognized the firelight reflected in his eyes as smoldering embers of those long-past firestorms.

*From the poem “Satan Speaks” in Spirits in Bondage; A Cycle of Lyrics

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