Can you lend a hand,
can you understand,
the sorrow ,
Lives lost ,
The storm came with a fury ,
dark and howling.
Unforgiving it wiped away
Lives that forever will remain silent,
conversations around the kitchen table muted ,
baby albums lost in debris.
Look outside yourself today ,
embrace someone else.
can you lend a hand,
can you understand,
the sadness in Joplin.
My friend, Alita is asking for help from our blogger community. I provide her link for anyone that wishes to help in any way.
I barely know what to think about all these storms. It's so devastating!! I really like that you say hope remains, because it must!ReplyDelete
So much heartbreaking devastation. Thank you for the link, ayala, and the beautiful reminder of hope remaining.ReplyDelete
oh the baby albums clenched my heart...thank you for your beautiful heart...and the link...smiles.ReplyDelete
Such unimaginable devastation. Your words are beautiful.ReplyDelete
Beautiful, heartfelt sentiments. These disasters remind me of what a friend recently said about an open broken heart being the only way light can reach it.ReplyDelete
Caroline...it is so devastating.ReplyDelete
Thank you, Talon.ReplyDelete
Thank you, Brian.ReplyDelete
It's always so hard to imagine the loss....
Thank you, Mama Zen.ReplyDelete
Belinda, those are beautiful words from your friend....ReplyDelete
any way she could give you a list and we could post up stuff. when people realize that it's easy stuff like diapers they may be nudged.ReplyDelete
If need be contact me
In the midst of so much disaster, it's empathy and the willingness to help that makes us human.ReplyDelete
Your gracious words remind us of that.
Thanks for sharing this.ReplyDelete
Beautiful words....awful situation. VbReplyDelete
Thanks for the reminder to know others have lost so much and need our help.ReplyDelete
beautiful, and absolutely timely.ReplyDelete
we should look outside ourselves far more often - thanks for writing for a good cause ayalaReplyDelete
Beautiful words, thank you for using your gift to point to the need.ReplyDelete
I just can't imagine it.ReplyDelete
hi, ayala. it's me, fireblossom. blogger isn't letting me sign in.ReplyDelete
i try to imagine what the people affected by the tornado are going through, but i can't. i can't imagine what it must be like to suffer such sudden and profound losses. i'm so glad you wrote about it today.
My heart breaks for the people of Joplin. The image in your powerful poem of the baby albums is the perfect one to capture the nature of the tragedy in this mother's heart.ReplyDelete
Thanks too for spreading the word about the auction. It's a great thing Alita and the other ladies are doing.
I think that sitting her, protected, safe, all we can do is feel guilty... and offer whatever it is that we possibly can!ReplyDelete
Your poem made me feel so lucky and blessed, Ayala... it was a very thought provoking and powerful poem!
My love and best wishes are with the people of Joplin...
The devastation is horrific. May we all collectively wish peace and strength for them.ReplyDelete
Your poem is not only so very touching, your generosity of spirit, courage, and love is beyond beyond.
Beautiful poem! So great of you to share the link. The devastation is amazing.ReplyDelete
Baby albums lost - and babies too. Thanks for helping.ReplyDelete
Thank you, Leslie. There is an auction going on to raise money for Joplin. You can check it out !ReplyDelete
Thank you, Cheryl!ReplyDelete
Thank you, KB !ReplyDelete
Thank you, VB and indeed an awful situation.ReplyDelete
Thank you, Lauren!ReplyDelete
Thank you, Lady Nyo.ReplyDelete
Thank you, Claudia. I think so too.ReplyDelete
Thank you, Anna.ReplyDelete
Stacia, it is unimaginable.ReplyDelete
Thank you for your comment, I appreciate it. So many lives destroyed it's so hard to imagine.
Thank you, Kristen. It's such an impossible tragedy for the people of Joplin. I hope that all of us can make a difference somehow.ReplyDelete
Thank you, Kavita.ReplyDelete
We are blessed, aren't we?
Thank you, Rudri.ReplyDelete
I am so proud of all of you for doing this!!!!
Happy to be a part of it.
Thank you, Rachel.ReplyDelete
Glynn, thank you.ReplyDelete
THIS IS THE LINK TO THE AUCTION THAT IS RAISING MONEY FOR THE PEOPLE OF JOPLIN. PLEASE SEE IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO BE A PART OF THIS EFFORT.
Heartbreaking! It's unbelievable...Let's not complain about the rain or the price of gas for a few days. Let's just be thankful for our homes, family, health and our stores and so much that we take for granted every day. Lets get a huge prayer chain going for the people of Joplin, MO. Kansas, Minnesota,Oklahoma, and all weather related disasters, they are in our hearts and prayers!!!ReplyDelete
Such a tragedy that has struck there...I was mortified when they announced that JHS boy the news had been tracking, Will Norton I believe it was, was declared among the dead today...Such horror. But a wonderful tribute, and effort on your part...ReplyDelete
Helena, let's pray for all those people and thank God for our blessings! Well said.ReplyDelete
Chris, devastating and sad....ReplyDelete