Cuyamaca Rancho State Park, CA

They stand as a testament of resilience.
Charred oak trees on the mountain peak,
refusing to lie down and surrender
in a shadow of forest fire destruction.

Their blackened branches hold new life.
Acorns preserved in seed cups
waiting for a strong wind to plant them
in the very ground that death has fertilized.

This is how we hold what is precious
against the worst wild fires.
Endure heat and flame while protecting
what is most important.

We may be charred
but we are still standing,
holding the essence of ourselves
in seed cups of the soul.

Burned, but not destroyed.