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Billy Collins - Flames

Smokey the Bear heads
into the autumn woods
with a red can of gasoline
and a box of wooden matches.

His ranger's hat is cocked
at a disturbing angle.

His brown fur gleams
under the high sun
as his paws, the size
of catcher's mitts,
crackle into the distance.

He is sick of dispensing
warnings to the careless,
the half-wit camper,
the dumbbell hiker.

He is going to show them
how a professional does it.

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Poet: Billy Collins
Poem: Flames
Poem of the Day: Jul 22 2011

Comment 16 of 16, added on November 8th, 2010 at 12:37 PM.


Jewboi from Israel
Comment 15 of 16, added on November 8th, 2010 at 12:36 PM.


jewboi from Israel
Comment 14 of 16, added on April 29th, 2009 at 7:42 AM.

WOW!!! i love this poem :)
i had this humanities presentation
and i used this poem. the teacher
was so shocked! she loves Billy Collins
but has never heard this poem
i got an A
this is my favorite poem

Kyle from Taiwan

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