When all else failed I did not !
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When all else failed I did not !
This place is far east over the ocean and near the battle grounds of many that fell victim to wars, plagues and storms and starvation This place is Nigeria, Africa . I will bring you here for a short time in history but also to show you courage of many in a devastating storm and of one small being .
It was early Saturday morning the weather prediction was a rainstorm which was on its' way by mid afternoon . And as the day unfolded people scurried around as usual bringing things in that they did not want to get wet as it started to sprinkle.
And then a light shower began with smells of freshness in the air .From place to place things were normal,with people enjoying the early evening rain shower . But when I looked at the sky it was darkening in a most strange way the clouds hung very low and the lightning was starting to flash with the thunder so loud as though the heavens were opening up .My heart would skip with fear as this view was capture by many also .
The rain became a down pour to even more then I have ever seen . Streets and yards were far from their normal . The water levels in the rivers and streams that were joined ever so gracefully as God had planned it from the beginning . Were now one, in a massive amount of water over flowing everywhere. The heavens are angry with all their might, was my fear. God knows what will come and what will go in all this. His plans in this storm are now about to unfold . The winds and the rain were so great . People in their houses took shelter quickly closing windows, shudders and moving things away from the windows in fear of that the pressure of this storm would open their home as if it were made of straw . Through the night the rainstorm would not slow and by morning it was stopped as if someone shut the water valve off. And the heavens were at all it's Glory with the sun shinning so bright and warmth in the air. All this as if God was saying sorry.
People were wanting to open their doors and windows but with some they could not for their homes were gone and so were they through the night. And with others not knowing what was in store for them outside. They opened the window first to see with curiosity and found devastation instead .
They journeyed outside. Only to find more devastation then they viewed from inside their sheltered homes. Walking in water up to their knees and higher in most places. Their homes were filling up with the water too. People were gathering things around .Their eyes full of tears, the sounds of crying everywhere were heard . We were just trying to make since of this all. Survival was their goal now . Finding who was with them still and searching for those that were not . The only high places were the trees and buildings that stood their firm ground .
What is all this I thought many times over " A nightmare in the daytime with my eyes opened". As I walked around looking at places and the devastation that was everywhere in some form or another.My heart would ache as though it was being torn out . And my eyes were always looking for people I could help.
I looked up, somewhat of a distance away . My eyes focused on this man, with short dark hair and his face dirty with spots of mud on the right side and his clothes were ripped and wet still. He was walking with a back pack strapped to his back and a few things in his hands. That I could not make out yet. What were they ? I thought. For with all the strength that the man had left he was walking through the water trying to find a place that was higher ground and dry just to sit for a while and let the warmth of the sun beat down on him .For he looked very tired and weak from the nights' storm. Wet and cold and a look gripped with fear was on his face and in his eyes as he walked towards me .
A very small broken monkey was found by this man and he had it in his hand cuddling it so close to his body. All was against many humans and animals on this day . But for this one small being as I look into his eyes, I saw at times as if I were looking in my own mirror of emotions . Someone that just needed a little help but, mostly just some care that would give its' heart the will to live.
As I took the monkey from the man I held him and my tears began to flow and my heart melted as if we were one. I must, as I thought find someone to help us care for him for I know nothing about his needs.
As the man sat and rested and other people came to him to help him. I began to search and found a zoo quite some distance away and they began treatment to mend the outside of this tiny monkey , but I worried also about what he had gone through.Does he have feelings like us ? I wondered. And if so, they also needed mending too. But his life seemed so grim no one of his kind is here I thought ...so grim he is alone . As this monkey was found he was only the size of a grapefriut when cuddled to itself for that is all he had . Not eating, nor moving much . Cold with the shivers that would not stop, no not even as he was handled with care . For the shivers were caused by more than the cold that was outside of its' small and fragile body. It had all too well known that his fears are too big for him to handle and he disparately needed help.
So as to say the biggest part of him ...is his tiny heart that clings to life when all else has failed. As he watched and he would turn his head. And eyes would show sorrow. Knowing that all was lost but his life .As his little body was mending and he began to eat and recover with strength. I look at him I seen loneliness and he has found the only security within himself. His eyes show fear but yet curiosity, only to have a look as if to say, I only have myself again today. He searched himself as if he were searching for a blanket to snuggle for comfort but as we know none was found ... only his own little body he had and as you see in this picture this is what he found not as we think but as he only knew that helped him ease his pain and comfort him as his fears slowly faded away.
As the monkey would swing from side to side and watch all those that passed by. As if he were looking for someone.... he would stop and look down to the ground as he hung far up on the limb . Then as he swung with all his might he made it to the fence that held him captive but yet safe at the same time. He seemed to want to get a closer look as if to say something but then as I stood there in amazement it was somewhat of a shock but yet I had to say to my self it is in his nature to find comfort somehow too.
When all else failed I did not !
"Copyright 2011,by Graebear , All Rights Reserved."
A WORD FROM GRAEBEAR
As I looked at this I found so many things that were wrong . so I edited it on 6/10 2011 and I hope you will like it much better
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To show you my heart how it feels at times and it's need to express... this is how I have survived .....
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