For the Sunday Whirl Wordle 303, my thoughts have gone to my childhood home town of Knysna, a place of peace and beauty now ravaged by dreadful gale-driven blazes, which some say were started deliberately.

via Trollip @AtholT 10 June 2017 – A thatched roof house in the Van Stadens River Gorge area outside of Port Elizabeth is lost to the runaway blaze which ravaged the area on Saturday.

No water ripples within sight —

Just a walk blaze to ignite —

On what shadow pin the blame?

When will some whisper touch that name?

What trance such rancid deed inspired?

A miracle not more expired.

© June 2017 Colonialist

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27 Responses to KNYSNA ARSON?

  1. So sad and fires are so terrifying


  2. jessgs says:

    Terrifying. Currently writing a piece on how Knysna is rebuilding, and how the community can be helped.


  3. Boggles the mind that people start fires.


  4. I find myself hoping against arson. People can be so cruel. “On what shadow pin the blame?” And, indeed — what would inspire such a deed. May the fire soon see its end.

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  5. Jae Rose says:

    A sad loss – such a pity that good things are often lost to tragedy

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  6. oldegg says:

    I must confess I had to look up Knysna which is in Zambia. Even in Australia we have problem with fires deliberately lit in the hotter months by arsonists. Let’s hope no one you knew was affected.

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    • colonialist says:

      No, Knysna is in the Cape Province in South Africa. They have a travel agency promoting tours to Zambia, which is what probably confused the look-up.
      I have cousins down that way, and am extremely worried about them, but I have lost touch.


  7. I am always at a loss as to what to say where there is fire involved; I’ve known destructive fire seemingly forever, and dread the word.

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  8. Tom Merriman says:

    A nice use of the words, Col, for such a terrible incident. If it is arson, I hope the culprits are apprehended.

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    • colonialist says:

      Unlikely, that they will be. Everyone was too busy trying to save their lives or property (though in many cases not much of that survived) to worry about who caused it, and not much evidence is likely to survive.


  9. whimsygizmo says:

    Such lovely rhymes for such a terrible ordeal. Well done.

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  10. granny1947 says:

    It sounds like arson. So many fires starting at once. I don’t believe in that many coincidences.


    • colonialist says:

      It certainly seems so, which makes the perpetrators murderers as well as wanton destroyers. I wonder if they would have paused had they known just how much horrific destruction they were about to cause?


  11. disperser says:

    I’ve lived through a couple of very bad fires that destroyed homes and habitats and managed to kill a few people. Both of them ruled as arson. They are scary sights and their effects linger for decades.


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