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Poem: Sandy

Updated on November 12, 2012

Sandy Survivor

I was one of the lucky ones with very little damage, which is a miracle considering the fact that everyone around me was ravaged by Sandy. We were asked to evacuate, but so many of us remained to face this shrew and what a shrew she was.

The surge brought water that encroached every street creating rivers where no rivers ever existed. The force of the water invaded most of the houses, flooding homes with pools of ocean water, a force of nature not to be reckoned with.

My neighbors have lost family artifacts and pictures that spanned a lifetime and are not replaceable. To add insult to injury, we lived without any power for two weeks.


As Sandy landed, I took my pen to scribe a poem that underscores some of the tragedy that rocked my Long Island town.

The Roar of Sandy

She arrived with all the bells and whistles, without omission. The trees kneeled before her in a desperate plea of submission. She devoured and ravaged everything in sight, hurling it about with all of her might.

They said that she was worse than "The Express," consuming everything, leaving an unconscionable mess. The multitude of ruins litter the avenues and streets, power lines down, so much debris at our feet.

As days quickly pass we huddle together, it's cold and we're frozen altogether. With her she took a lifetime of treasures, for this we have no certainty or way to measure. Once called, The Gold Coast in days past, now Sandy consumed our mighty sails and once sturdy mast.

But no matter the rarity and scarcity she wrought, Long Island will rebuild, once again becoming a place that is sought.

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    Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

    Robin, I am glad that you are safe and well. Yes, I have experienced a hurricane, and I am still in awe at the power of nature.

    Your poem captures it all perfectly, including the strong words of hope and determination at the end.

    Well done my friend and welcome back!

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    Rich 4 years ago from Kentucky

    Robin - I lived along the Gulf Coast in very Southern Alabama for over 14 years and experienced what you just went through many times. The biggest difference was that we didn't have the cold to deal with afterwards, we had the sweltering heat. I don't know what would be worse, the heat or the cold. Most will tell you not to visit Alabama in the summer as you'll be roasted, drowned and steamed daily. After a hurricane, there is no choice as power is gone and air conditioning doesn't run by itself. Yet, to walk outside as the eye passes through is an experience to remember. Your poem is very accurate and heartfelt for sure. Glad you survived it unharmed!

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    Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

    Robin, I cannot imagine the fear you must have felt as Sandy came ashore. The news is heartbreaking. I too am glad you are safe and applaud your ability to capture this storm in poetic verse. Great job.

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    Robin Grosswirth 4 years ago from New York

    billybuc, rcrumple, Irc815 Thank you all for reading this poem. Maybe stupidly, I wasn't afraid necessarily, because I had thought up until the very end that she might detour off, but that wasn't to be.

    Yes, I was one of the more fortunate ones and for that I am glad. Mainly glad that my son is alright because he came during the Nor'easter that followed (insult to injury in our region) and took the dog out of the cold because he had power and I didn't. He ended up in a car accident hitting a pole, but he was unharmed.

    As for cold vrs hot in a storm, neither extreme is good.

    And as for the experience itself, it was eery as I viewed the water that surged through all the streets turning each property into a waterfront property. The force and power of water should never be questioned. It shows no mercy.

    Thank you for the accolades on the poem.

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    Sueswan 4 years ago

    Hi Robin,

    "The trees kneeled before her in a desperate plea of submission. She devoured and ravaged everything in sight, hurling it about with all of her might."

    So glad you are safe. I would have evacuated. Mother nature can not be trusted.

    Voted up

    Take care :)

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    Gypsy Rose Lee 4 years ago from Riga, Latvia

    This was the worst that I ever could imagine for my hometown NYC. However I checked out my old neighborhood and at least Bay Ridge came out pretty much OK and I know I can return and see the old places. Hope everyone else gets to rebuild and get on with life. Great poem. Thanks for sharing.

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    Ms. Immortal 4 years ago from NJ

    Robin,

    Thia is beautiful yet tragic poem. I am glad you are safe and sound. I understand not evacuating, although it was dangerous, you wanted to protect your home.

    I live in Central Jersey, had mild flooding and damage. I feel very fortunate. I have a friend who lives just 20 minutes away who's house flooded up to the second floor.I have another who was trapped in the attic due to flooding. They were miles from a river and their town was wiped out.

    Thanks for your share. voted up.

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    Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

    Robin, it is good to hear you survived the storm well and are safe. I have been through a hurricane and the experience can be frightening. Yes, it will once again become a place people seek out for enjoyment and live's pleasures.

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    Robin Grosswirth 4 years ago from New York

    sueswan Thank you for the read and for underscoring parts that resonated with you. I did not evacuate because I though somehow it might have taken a turn, but it didn't. I was luckier than some other people in my town.

    GypsyRoseLee Thanks for the read. In the 46 yrs here, I never saw anythng like this. A person from Long Beach said it looks like Beruit.

    Cathy Fidelibus Thanks for the read and glad you were safe. I feel badly for your losses. NJ got it worse.

    teaches12345 Ironically, I have my house up for sale, but after this, I can forget about selling it. Thanks for the kind wishes.

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    Nithya Venkat 4 years ago from Dubai

    Glad that you are safe. You have captured destruction through the beauty of your words. Scary experience. My sincere prayers to you all.

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    Robin Grosswirth 4 years ago from New York

    Vellur I am terribly sorry I missed your commentary on this hub, so please forgive me. Thanks for taking the time to read my work and HAPPY NEW YEAR!

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    WillStarr 4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

    Well written, Robin! Up and awesome.

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    Robin Grosswirth 4 years ago from New York

    WillStar Thank you so very much!

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    vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

    Wow, I'm so glad you survived your terrible ordeal. Your poem is beautiful; you have a way with words. Thank you for sharing your thoughts and feelings with us.

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    Robin Grosswirth 4 years ago from New York

    vespawoolf Thank you for taking the time to read one of my hubs before I got to yours. Thanks for the accolades.

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