Poem for #KnysnaFire Victims

Kate Collins wrote a poem as a tribute to her aunt and uncle who lost their beautiful family home in the Knysna fire. A tribute written to bring them some comfort and hopefully to others who have also suffered great loss from the fires.


Knysna, 2017.

Home, what are you?

You are the roof over our heads

The bed under our tired bodies

The blanket that keeps us warm

Home, you are the garden that we play in

The vegetables that we eat

Lunches on the patio

the music in the street

You are the greeting, a bark, a meow

The couch we rest our feet on

And people that we meet

You’re the memories of laughter

Of sadness and anger too

The entertainment of a boxset

of new beginnings

Of hope and dreams come true

Home, you are the key to Doors and pathways

The crackling fireplace

The warm water that showers us

And light that lets us read

Home, you’re the door and driveway

That keep us safe,

A curtain of escape

We wake in your walls and fall asleep here too

We fill you up with objects and with people too

Family, partners, children, animals,

everything we collect.

When the fire came to ravage you. It took all of you. The roof, the floor, the kitchen sink.

The laughter.

It took all of you

Home, you may be gone

But the laughter will return and

The hearts that knew these walls


bind together,




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