Graeme Base, the wonderful Australian chilren's author and illustrator of such amazing books as The Waterhole and Animalia, wrote this beautiful poem about the Black Saturday bushfires.
From the Shadows
A world of ashes leached of life.
The colours swept away.
A paradise lies lost beneath a shroud
Of ashen grey.
And yet in time the veil will fall.
The streams once more will flow,
And from the shadows ‘tween the trees
New life will surely grow.
The Age 15th February 2009
You can purchase a copy of his illustration too. It's available from Fairfax photos, and all profits from the sale go to the Red Cross Bushfire Appeal 2009.
I'll be getting one.