zombie army

we live in the damp
under the surface we smolder
those beautiful dead plants
embraced by a zombie army
waiting to pollute your atmosphere
again a new spring
we are ready to haunt you
we burn every dried blade of grass

we take comfort in the peat and brace for winter cold
the zombie army keeps emitting


Most forest fires live only a single fire season, however some fires are capable of ‘overwintering.’ Scholten et al. (2021) describe this capacity as ‘they smoulder through the non-fire season and flare up in the subsequent spring.’ The fires emit smoke but almost no flames during this overwintering. This type of fires is also called ‘zombie’ or ‘holdover’ fires. This poem explores the zombie army of fires and its impact on global warming.