“RUN!” my mother yells,
I run without thinking.
“HIDE!” she screams,
I find a tree and climb it.
“NO, COME!” she sounds scared,
I jump down and follow her.
“JUMP!” she talking about a river,
I jump and look for her.
Waiting, watching, where is she?
Then I see her, on the bank,
Flames sucking her in.
I can feel the tears coming,
A possum helps me.
We’re safe but I’m crying,
Mum is gone! What do I do?

Paige Parsons
Age 13
Castlemaine Secondary Collage