Still not sure about the ending:
When the orange curls sweep the floor
with wind and ash,
When the cracked earth bakes dry
in a moments flash,
and the yellow flames lick
beyond past tragedy, that's the fire at Waldo Canyon.
When she returned, there was a
rusty saw warped into a silhouette;
a cracked bone peeked through Earth in black ash;
frozen snake head blackened with eyes of stone;
an open fox nest with skeletons of mom and babes;
and the beaver hut on the lake
is simply not there.
This, amongst dark stumps
in dry, cracked earth;
this is what remains.
As the lightening scratches
a dry place in weeds,
the forest temples suffer violence.
Dead homes lay in anguish.
as the mothers hover
in a city faraway.
They are watching the damage
on hotel room TVs.
...and they couldn't take the cats.
The children have nightmares
of lost creatures in the flames.
they will return, collect possessions
or stay to rebuild.
It will take years.
they will plant trees,
turn earth, buy new beds.
most will return, and this time
they will have a glorious wisdom
and a very fearsome
power. (or they contain the power, of the fire.)