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Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Lend A Hand


Can you lend a hand,
can you understand,
the sorrow ,
the devastation,
in Joplin.
Lives lost ,
souls wounded.
The storm came with a fury ,
dark and howling.
Unforgiving it wiped away
homes,
memories,
mementos treasured,
now gone.
Lives that forever will remain silent,
conversations around the kitchen table muted ,
baby albums lost in debris.
Look outside yourself today ,
embrace someone else.
Hope remains,
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.



47 comments:

  1. 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!

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  2. So much heartbreaking devastation. Thank you for the link, ayala, and the beautiful reminder of hope remaining.

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  3. oh the baby albums clenched my heart...thank you for your beautiful heart...and the link...smiles.

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  4. Such unimaginable devastation. Your words are beautiful.

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  5. 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.

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  6. Caroline...it is so devastating.

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  7. Thank you, Brian.
    It's always so hard to imagine the loss....

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  8. Belinda, those are beautiful words from your friend....

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  9. 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.

    If need be contact me
    Hugs

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  10. In the midst of so much disaster, it's empathy and the willingness to help that makes us human.
    Your gracious words remind us of that.

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  11. Thanks for sharing this.

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  12. Beautiful words....awful situation. Vb

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  13. Thanks for the reminder to know others have lost so much and need our help.

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  14. beautiful, and absolutely timely.

    Thank you.

    Lady Nyo

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  15. we should look outside ourselves far more often - thanks for writing for a good cause ayala

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  16. Beautiful words, thank you for using your gift to point to the need.

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  17. hi, ayala. it's me, fireblossom. blogger isn't letting me sign in.

    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.

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  18. 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.

    Thanks too for spreading the word about the auction. It's a great thing Alita and the other ladies are doing.

    xo

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  19. I think that sitting her, protected, safe, all we can do is feel guilty... and offer whatever it is that we possibly can!

    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...

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  20. The devastation is horrific. May we all collectively wish peace and strength for them.

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  21. SPEECHLESS!!!!

    Your poem is not only so very touching, your generosity of spirit, courage, and love is beyond beyond.

    THANK YOU!!!

    Alita

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  22. Beautiful poem! So great of you to share the link. The devastation is amazing.

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  23. Baby albums lost - and babies too. Thanks for helping.

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  24. Thank you, Leslie. There is an auction going on to raise money for Joplin. You can check it out !

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  25. Thank you, VB and indeed an awful situation.

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  26. Thank you, Claudia. I think so too.

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  27. Stacia, it is unimaginable.

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  28. Hi Fireblossom,
    Thank you for your comment, I appreciate it. So many lives destroyed it's so hard to imagine.

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  29. 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.
    xo.

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  30. Thank you, Kavita.
    We are blessed, aren't we?

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  31. Alita,
    I am so proud of all of you for doing this!!!!
    Happy to be a part of it.
    Thank you!!!!
    xo

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  32. http://www.undercovermother.net/


    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.
    THANK YOU.

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  33. 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!!!

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  34. 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...

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  35. Helena, let's pray for all those people and thank God for our blessings! Well said.

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  36. Chris, devastating and sad....

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