Precipitation and wind,
Trucks splashing dense
Mist onto windshield,
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