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Thursday, September 01, 2005

Riding the Storm Out: Katrina's Aftermath

Memories of Mississippi

I have been watching news coverage of the aftermath of Katrina. Television cameras have made into the part of Mississippi I had called home. So much destruction so near to where people I have loved makes it hard to watch.

I watch images of heros and villians thrown together in an environment that is deadly. The drama unfolding shows people at their best and unfortunately in a growing number of cases at their worst.

Sleep has been hard to come by for me. But in my dreams I go back to happier days. Times of peace and joy surrounded by the beauty of the Mississippi Gulf Coast.

Dragonfly Dance

waves of heat shimmer above the front yard
warmed by the golden autumn Mississippi sun
the southern pines dance slowly in the breeze
we set content in the shade on the porch step
marveling at the clouds of mating dragonflies

they darted and then hovered, weaving patterns
blue green jeweled bodies, around us they whirl
lulled by the soft humming of their wings in our ears
I was lost in the moment, so fleeting and precious
heart pierced by the beauty of the dragonfly dance

Please call the American Red Cross at 1-800-HELPNOW today. Or make a contribution online at American Red Cross - Credit Card Contribution

To all those who find their lives storm tossed tonight know you are in our prayers. Be well, be safe, and be happy. I'll see you all again soon.

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