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I still remember

your winter mourning

when you were dark-empty


and I reached

through the ether

and wrapped my arms

around your shadow

tasting your hard tears


and you stood taller than light

with grief,

new-fallen and noble

as the snow.



(c) 1994, 2018  Betty Hayes Albright



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(This was originally written in 1995 after the devastating earthquake in Kobe, Japan. The title has been changed to “Typhoon”, as we lament along with our friends and neighbors in the Philippines and send up our prayers.)


Where do we hide

when Mother Nature

swings her fist

into the mesh

of continuity?

Who engineered these promises

we thought were tempered steel?

The shrapnel of reality

cuts through our paradigm

as we shield our eyes

from fire

and the collapse of illusion.

Where do we draw our water now?

How can we bake our bread?

.  ~~  

We wish the people of the Philippines all the assistance possible in their recovery from this terrible disaster.


(c) 1995, 2017 Betty Hayes Albright

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