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I see four men walking in the midst of the fire …
and the appearance of the fourth is like … Daniel 3:25

An affinity
with those men in Babylon
unfazed by fire—
that’s what I feel as I walk
through this maple inferno.

‘A son of the gods’
is how the 4th man appeared
as he braved the fire.
How I’m pining to see him
walking among the maples!

Photo by Lyndon Li on Unsplash

Andrew Lansdown

Andrew Lansdown is a widely published and award-winning Australian writer whose works include 3 novels, 2 short story collections, 1 essay collection, 2 children’s poetry collections, 2 photography-and-poetry collections and 15 poetry collections. His most recent book, Abundance: New and Selected Poems (Cascade Books, Oregon, USA), was shortlisted for the 2021 Australian Christian Book of the Year Award. His website is: