the heat is on
Australia’s most wanted
public enemy number one
too true blue
punishment to fit the crime
burn baby burn
14 thoughts on “Arson’s Law”
Cannot believe you’re still having fire set…we’ve had similar behavior around here from time to time…in some cases the people caught were charged with murder.
it’s a summer long problem in Australia – but apparently lots of fires are actually started by power lines in really windy weather, so it’s not always arsonists – our total fire ban has been extended for a few more weeks cause it is just not raining.
Interesting topical poem – excellent ambiguous ending and visual, Gabe. My brother burnt down a garden shed when he was 6 and there was hell to pay but obviously he was very young and didn’t really ‘get’ it. With adolescents, the whole question of agency is a bit more murky – society hasn’t been very successful in stopping them from killing themselves in their cars, so how do we get the message across about the devastation caused by these firebug actions?
thanks bb 🙂 wow, I bet your brother got in big trouble! It is very difficult to change the behaviour of fire bugs (and there are different types with different motivations) but defunding programs that target arsonists is not the way to go (and that is just what our state government has done) – talk about false economy (not to mention reducing staff and funding to the RFS) – but all is fine, we have a pm who can fight fires in his fancy outfit.
The only solution is to deal so severely with arsonists that prospective ones become terrified out of their empty little skulls.
thanks colonialist – maybe we could fight fire with fire and burn small sections of the most delicate parts of their bodies until the message sinks in 😉
I loved the cynicism in this poem, Gabe. And – wow! – loving the new-look blog!
me cynical – never – bwahahahaha – well, maybe a bit 😉 thanks NIgel (always had a thing for chalk boards)
Great poem Gabrielle. Arsonists make me so angry … and I fear we’re in for a bad fire season this year.
thanks Tracey – it will be a bad year – Dreamworld was evacuated yesterday because of a grassfire – 7,000 people had to get out! first time that’s happened (wonder if they get there money back – hahaha)
it’s awful to read of the wildfires – such a tragedy for all the people affected and the wildlife too
yes, there have been hundreds of houses destroyed and thousands of acres of land and all the wildlife – very upsetting for those involved Juliet
Devastating and a problem in many countries, 😦
yes, I’m sure it’s a problem all over the place Ben – we have enough fires caused by natural things like lightning without idiots lighting up fires!