Poppies might bloom for years following a fire, but eventually will quit blooming until the next fire comes through. In the forests around my hometown, there are good fires and bad fires. It is sometimes difficult in the beginning to tell the difference.
Kelly Sundberg's memoir Goodbye, Sweet Girl was published by HarperCollins in June 2018. Her essay "It Will Look Like a Sunset" was anthologized in Best American Essays 2015, and other essays have been published in a variety of literary magazines. She has a PhD in Creative Nonfiction from Ohio University and lives with her son in Athens, Ohio where she is a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at Ohio University.