Monday, November 18, 2013


Precipitation and wind,
Trucks splashing dense
Mist onto windshield,
Occasionally obscuring
Roadway and vehicles.

Nothing like obliterating typhoon 
In Philippine Archipelago, causing
Deaths, devastation, and disaster.
Unimaginable suffering; isolated
People, as yet, beyond assistance.

Nothing like multiple, unseasonable 
Tornadoes in Illinois, Indiana, and 
Kentucky, blowing off roofs and 
Flattening buildings and stranding 
People, most covered by insurance.

Eternal and universal continuum
Relativizes and, sometimes, 
Inadvertently minimizes or 
Masks lesser suffering, still 
Troubling to psyche, soul, body. 

How to balance and contextualize
Own suffering in the face of local
And global, individual and societal
Disasters that affect too many:
Hold my pain and joy; hold others also.

Ann Beth Blake
(c) November 18, 2013

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