They raise their hands, beautiful hands,
Hands that have known labor, have kneaded,
Have created, have loved and been loved.
Praying to the creator, a creator, Mother Nature,
"End the storms. Save our brethren."
And the clouds tower above them like city towers.
From plenty, they sense the devastation, the need.
Politicians storm the fortresses for a picture.
They shout, "We are here with your relief."
Paper towels tossed into a crowd who wish for
Water, food, medicine, jobs, homes.
The cleanup has begun, with a single roll of paper.
Beautiful minds are shocked at the blatant
Lack of care. The victims are brown, black, and white.
They are a colorful mosaic, whirled and swirled by wind.
Voices come through the air, the web, the functions of
of which convey disbelief, horror, future action.
But for luck, there walk we in similar straits.
Caring is call to action. Share, share alike, give.
From coast to island to coast the storms remain.
You only have a short time to build. Build.
A legacy is formed by the footsteps you leave.
I step in my ancestors steps. "Here is a broom,
I will sweep. A mop, I will scrub. Soap to wash..
The bitter taste of anguish, in the mouths. Eyes that
Pierce though miles away. Stories that will be told to
Grandchildren, of the great storm, of a roll of paper tossed.