Caught in a storm of watery rage.
Tossed in winds that are tempest made.
Two struggle together completely afraid.
And pray to God their souls be saved.
"When I reached out my hand she took it.
Just a child struggling for her life in water.
When I reached out my hand he took it.
Just a man, trying to save his daughter."
Currents sweep aside still waters.
Gathering strength as the storm arrives.
Winds rip roofs from shelters,
and twist metal girders aside.
Street signs bend to the forceful wind
and trees are torn into broken limbs.
Churches flood despite the prayers
and people drown everywhere.
"I've never seen such destruction. Brand
new buildings torn to shreds. Insultation
flying around everywhere. Hundred foot pine
trees and oak trees completely ripped from
the ground and thrown 20-30 feet from where
they originally stood. "
So many cry for help to come.
Just a helping hand from anyone.
A blanket here or a can of beans
or a simple bottle of water
...so much it means.
"I waited in line two hours on Wednesday to get
water and ice only to be turned away, I waited
again Thursday for 4 hours and was able to get
water, ice and MRE, I was so happy I just cried.
I needed to bottled water for my son's formula
bottles. I was afraid I was going to run out.
I feel so sorry for those people who have nothing
left, especially those who are trapped in
She is searching for her son
asking for help from anyone.
Tattered and torn in shreds
most of her hopes change to dread.
"Two officers committed suicide since the
hurricane hit, and at least a couple hundred
remain unaccounted for. "
He stayed to protect the innocent.
A badge he wore the day he died.
They stayed to provide for the oldest
the storm tossed them all aside.
Few knew the extent of the horror.
Fewer still the suffering it caused,
and less than that offered some help
not even a moment of silence.
But, in the cloudy mass of humanity
there exists a ray of sunshine.
Those who gather and dispense some love
and those send it generously.
"We have downed power lines, with poles
ripped completely out of the ground, trees uprooted,
and water in some of our homes."
He drove his mobile home to Biloxi
stopped and asked a woman beside the road,
"Do you have a home, today?"
"I have none." she replied.
He handed her the keys
then walked away.
Because of his generosity
her family has a home today.
"I am using a 5 gallon bucket with kitty litter
for restroom facilities (I am the Kitty)"
They drove all night in the wind and rain.
To arrive at the flood with a flat-bottomed boat.
There they helped to save many lives.
No one thought to ask their names.
"A 12'4" tidal surge took out homes, vehicles,
and fishing boats of hundreds of families. "
When is it time to cast some blame?
When help is needed or as it rained?
Why do we politicize the horror
and try to benefit from the pain?
A small candle casts a friendly glow.
In a city torn and tossed to and fro.
A small life exists in the darkness there,
just a child hoping for someone who cares.
All rights reserved, © Chuck Johnson. Copying without permission is forbidden.
My best friends Aunt was found alive yesterday. I have no words for those still there.
Written Sept 9th 2005
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