Hurricane Hugo

HURRICAINE HUGO

The winds blew…
I saw them all around,
Felt them tear at the soul of the land
Ancient sentries snapped, and snapped
again
The trees bowing down before its fury
Not in worship but in submission
Their exalted years surrendering
Mustering not even a silent curse
Something left with the winds
Stripping all creatures from the
countryside
In awe exhausted men gaped.
Empty, desolate, wasted
“It was like a war zone”
Though few had seen a battle
The ache was for a loved one lost
Torrents of rain and tears
Blurred visions
Blinded by cataracts of memories
destroyed
Strewn as seaweed along endless
beaches
Old photographs, bits of others’ lives
Knew no boundaries or surveyors’
markers
Like stray dogs they had wandered
aimlessly
Deposited as evidence of unforgettable
ravage
Now is the hour
Birth and death lie separated
By a narrow ravine of time
Over which we may jump
Or crawl
Or glide.
By wings eternal
I will glide.

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One Response

  1. I must commend you for this exquisite piece on nature, life and survival.

    I don’t doubt that you will be one of those survivors who will have the strength and knowledge to glide over whatever life throws at you.

    Love the “ravine of time” line.

    🙂

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