|Photo of my teddy bear ©|
Hurricanes (Katrina) Tornados (Moore) Floods (Everywhere)
global warming, neighborhood change, seven billion needy humans
so we try to insure..insure, and consider what to grab when
sirens alert that the walls might fall away and we're left to the
forces of earth, wind, water, and sky
and what to save - (first) the living (not the plants)
yes, then(?) to take
water, credit cards, identification, ...
one looks at the treasures of a life
can they be backpacked? a few items to hold on to
if one is left living on the street, in a shelter, or somewhere else
what then to choose
when every gift, every smile, every struggle's evidence is gone.
Pictures of the cherished dead,
A wedding ring
Poems you wrote
A thumb worn book
A hard won prize
Something small (yes) - a token, a locket, a rosary, a stone--
your childhood teddy bear who held you in the dark.
© Gay Reiser Cannon * 7.26.2013