The Heartbreak of Irene .........

In your following wake you gave us
a state of shock and of awe
The gentle flow of wind and rain abandoned
to chaos ......but the beginning of what we saw

Homesteads and a million memories
destroyed ....... washed along to sea
But for the love of God ......the loss of life
these visions.... won't set her free

A young girl washed away and her body
broken by the river
A father and son as well .......such as
only a flood can deliver

A mother stands now at the rivers edge
and wonders where
Where is her love.....her son .....and where
is Gods mercy .....his care

She wrings her hands in desperation and
you know this ...... her heart has stilled
Living here in the mountains was safe
the tranquility was her Gods will

The rivers will calm....... the rains will cease
the roads will be rebuilt
But the lives that are changed forever........
mother nature's adorned in guilt

He promised the end will come in floods
but what she doesn't understand
Is why he took them and left her here alone
while she held out her hand


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Cardisa 5 years ago from Jamaica

This is so heart breaking Ahorseback. This happens here in my country so often especially during the rainy season.

I am so concerned for those experiencing Irene right now.....they are in my prayers.

This is a wonderful tribute to those who have lost their lives in disasters like Irene.


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VENZKHVAM 5 years ago from Milk way galaxy, trying to find a more adventurous place in another galaxy with my great followers

A very hearty ,saddening,wondering the natures ruthless nature,and made me cry poem.

I really wonder why we get this sadness in our life? only THEE knows.

you could not have explained the Irene in any other way than this.

beautiful rendered poem i really went inside the Irene. i felt i was there and watching all this you explained. beautiful voted


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Happyboomernurse 5 years ago from South Carolina

What a heartwrenching poem that depicts the suffering left in the wake of Hurricane Irene. For the past few days the media was more focused on the fact that Irene did not cause as much devastation as feared to the majority left in its wake, than on those who have been devastated by it.

I live in Southern Delaware a few miles from the Delaware Bay and around 20 miles from the Ocean. My husband and I evacuated just before the storm and returned home yesterday. Our neighborhood and home was mercifully untouched by the storm, yet others in Delaware and in so many states did have alot of flooding, severe wind damage and some fatalities and injuries. More would have been injured and/or killed if they hadn't heeded warnings to evacuate.

I am experiencing conflicting emotions of joy and gratitude versus compassion and sadness for those whose lives have been forever changed by the storm. Your poem deeply touched me and was a strong reminder that any of us can experience tragedy at any given moment, but most especially during hurricanes, tornados and floods. We are no match for mother nature and need to get out of harm's way when modern technology gives us advance warning of severe weather conditions.


marellen 5 years ago

@Nurse.....I'm glad to read that you are fine and made it through.

AHorseback.....sad poem but many made it through and it could of been worse...


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Hyphenbird 5 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

To one frantically searching for that lost loved one, the fact that not many die, doesn't mean much. One is too many. ahorseback, your compassion and caring is greatly appreciated and recognized.


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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS

Such a personally, first-hand heartfelt (and heart-rending) reply to the fury and wake of that horrible destructive storm. You've captured many deep emotions and losses that cut much deeper into the human heart and spirit than what is obvious to those not involved or shown on media. Thank you for this poignant reminder of how tenuous "safety" is and also how important to have another kind of internal mooring in such times - no, in all times. Thank you.


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ahorseback 5 years ago Author

Thank you Cardisa , So much tragedy! I look at the damage alone and I see years of work to rebuild !....Thanks for sharing :-}


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ahorseback 5 years ago Author

Venzkhvam , thank you so much , the losses here in Vermont are unusual, we almost always escape the damging of floods and hurricans because of the mountains!......

sometimes , especially lately , I think God is angry at mankind!.....L-}


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ahorseback 5 years ago Author

Happyboomernurse , Thank God for your safety! You did the right thing by leaving. We usually get a little rain and wind here in nortern New England , this is so unusual! For me in the high country it was rain and a little wind. But all that water runs downhill!....We are lucky and some were not ! .....:-}


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ahorseback 5 years ago Author

Marellen , You are right we are lucky and if God felt it was our time , then so be it. I feel so bad for those who lost everything!......:-}


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ahorseback 5 years ago Author

Hyphenbird , you are so right , I have always said : one person never dies , everyone around that person dies a little Too!! We can only be thankful for surviving!......:-}


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ahorseback 5 years ago Author

Nellieanna , We are all one in times like these! In all ways ! The trials of this life are an awesome thing , and our God an awesome God! We can only live humble lives!....Thank YOU for your compassion.....:-}


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Rosemay50 5 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

Such a heart wrenching poem. I am with Hyphenbird, just one life lost is one too many. And yes buildings can be rebuilt and maybe better than before. But how can you rebuild a broken heart of the ones left behind. They die a little along with their loved ones.

Thank you for sharing your personal feelings and experience with us.


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ahorseback 5 years ago Author

Rosemay , Yes there is so much tragedy here and all down the coastline, It's tragic when a home goes down a river but when a life is lost its so much worse. I ,like many I'm sure, wonder where the resolve comes from in rebuilding. There is soo much goodness in people around us!.....:-}


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Eiddwen 5 years ago from Wales

Hi ahorseback,

Thank you for sharing this one.Such tragedies follow these freaks of nature.

We are pretty lucky here in the UK , and we should all be very grateful for this.

A great read and I vote up.

Take care

Eiddwen.


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CMerritt 5 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana

Wow, way to capture your thoughts and emotions over this tragedy....

Vote up...


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

Heartbreak and devastation, thank you for sharing your words of this terrible tragedy. Voting up and awesome.


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Paradise7 5 years ago from Upstate New York

Very moving. I do feel so sad for those who lost their lives or loved ones in a natural disaster.


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ahorseback 5 years ago Author

Eiddwen , Thank you , yes we are all lucky !....If we live still, we are lucky , everything else is just just stuff!.....Thanks for always sharing....:-}


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ahorseback 5 years ago Author

CMerrit , thank you sir , it is such a trying time for many!.....:-}


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ahorseback 5 years ago Author

Movie Master , Thank you , and prayers for the many !......:-}


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ahorseback 5 years ago Author

Paradise , As in your state there are soo many!...We can only hope and do what we can!....Bless you and Thank you for caring.

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