Written for: Poetic Asides 2018 November PAD Chapbook Challenge – Day 16
“For today’s prompt, write a brave poem. There are many instances of bravery each and every day. For some, bravery is running into a burning building to save a child or jumping out of an airplane to skydive. For others, bravery is getting out of bed and going to the post office. Or writing a poem. Be brave today!”
On freezing night, a family outside
witness their home burst into flame.
Child left, screams from window, terrified.
Father races over, shouts ‘Jump, Elaine!’,
and she leaps into net firemen hold.
‘Daddy, my dog’s in there; his leg is lame.’
Firemen forbid it, warning house could fold.
Father looks into his daughter’s eyes,
pushes through flaming door, to reach his goal.
Lungs filled, face charred, he stumbles out, wife sighs.
Daughter hugs shaking dog, says, ‘Thank you, Dad.’
Father in ambulance, but en route, dies.