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‘bad things do happen in the world,

like war, natural disasters, disease. 

but out of those situations always arise

stories of ordinary people doing extraordinary things.’

-daryn kagan

for all who suffer as a result of the disasters

and

for all who arise to do extraordinary things to help. 

 

 

 

image credit: REUTERS/Adrees Latif- East Texas

 

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“you have to jump into disaster with both feet.” ― chuck palahniuk

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worst walk ever

yesterday

on a very, very hot

late summer’s eve

humid as hell

headed out

on a

forced death march

downtown

all in the name

of being healthy

and

enjoying the city

at eye level

when i

noticed the signs

that i was headed

right

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looked up

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into a black cloudy sky

rain

the air began to swirl

 rain blew sideways

into my eyes

i had happened

into

a

wizard of oz

storm

somehow

and

made a decision

to head on back

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lightning flashed

a mile to go

put my phone

in my shorts

to save my connection

to the world

i-pod

deep in my pocket

 to save the music

people running

kind of scary

as i

quickly

transformed

into

an

unwitting

wet t-shirt contestant

cut through the park

ran into wall

of construction

turned around

shortcut down street

closed off

for resurfacing

finally made it

home to the cottage

nacho the cat not the food

was outside and missing

flipped on light

to put key in door

no light

opened door

glowing in the dark

pitch black

only light

came from my eyes

power out

fumbled for flashlight

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apparently it is a 1910 model

didn’t have much effect

on the darkness

so, so sweaty

and

rain sodden

no hot shower

cell phone

powering off

internet gone

decided

only thing to do

was go to bed

stumbled up the dark stairs

still no cat

still no light

room was 157 degrees

or so

no fan

no air

heard sirens

fire department

on my street

buzzing

 flashes of electric light

couldn’t just lay

on the bed

naked

and

fall asleep

in all my glory

trying

to cool things down a bit

had to be on high alert

kept the teva’s on

shorts, shirt

ready to flee

at a

moment’s notice

drifted off

dreaming of a better day to come..

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woke up this morning

bright and cool

nacho the cat not the food

came home

to the cottage

police tape

decorated

 the town

transformers blown

power lines down

mighty trees

toppled

car

in garage

at mercy

of electric opener

walked

back downtown

to a

 friendly coffee shop

read

and

wrote

and

talked to other

blackout neighbors

and

had

a

very, very, very

large

coffee

power company

estimates

i will

have power

restored

by

wednesday

night

at 11:30

or so

“the major difference between a thing that might go wrong

and a thing that cannot possibly go wrong

is that when a thing that cannot possibly go wrong goes wrong

it usually turns out to be impossible to get at or repair”

– douglas adams

 credits: planetcurioso.com, new line cinema

this suspense is terrible. i hope it will last. – oscar wilde

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when my niece and her family

relocated to the midwest

moving

from

flagstaff, arizona

to

toledo, ohio

for two years of graduate school

i was excited

to have them nearby

and

i told them

about

the beauty of the seasons here

and

no drama

no wildfires

no scorpions

no excessive heat

no worries

then

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came the polar vortex

and it was so cold

no one could go outside

or navigate

the mountains of snow

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and i told them

that this had never happened before

in my living memory

and not to worry

the worst would be over soon

and then

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came

lake erie’s

 toxic algae bloom crisis

no one could drink or bathe

or even boil the water

for days on end

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and i told them

i’ve never, ever

have

experienced this before

in my entire lifetime

and i told them not to worry

the worst would be over soon

and then

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came the 5 inches of rain

in just

a few hours

and the floods

and no one could drive their car on the roads

and basements flooded

and you might

have to kayak

through your neighborhood

to get home

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and i will tell them

that this

has not happened here

since 1925

before i was alive

and not to worry

the worst will be over soon

and

i hope they believe me

as we head into autumn

in the beautiful midwest

and

i am

crossing my fingers

that

there will be

no earthquakes

or

volcanic eruptions

or

a series of rogue sheep attacks

sheep running

and i wonder

if they

are beginning

to doubt my word

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one person’s disaster is another person’s talking point.
henry rollins

image credits: infographicality.com, news net.com, sallyreed.com, nyt.com, acuweather.com, oc115.com, kwana.com