News Poetry: “Panic in Texas”
Mi hija, I promised you, I would never let you go. I told you over
and over until you could no longer hear me; the storm so loud, I
was yelling, “You’re ok, we’re safe, Mama won’t let anything
happen to you.” Holding you so tight, I thought I might hurt you.
I didn’t know what else to do except pray to God and our Mother
to keep us safe. We huddled in the small closet. Our house
overlooked infinity; water so big we never could see the other
side. Then, it was no longer just a roar. The air around us, so
loud I thought we would disintegrate, shatter into atoms by sound
alone. It came so fast, so completely, wind and rain blasting us.
It was as if all the oceans came together and decided to move
onto land. I don’t know when I let you go. I call out your name.
My words are swallowed by the wind around me. I am frantic. I
can’t breathe. The water has moved in and is beginning to rise.
From naked tree tops,
pruned by hooks of beaten spears,
babies rock on boughs
*A haibun is a Japanese form that includes prose and haiku.
Photo credit: Brant Kelly, Creative Commons, Flickr
Like this story? Steal it! Feel free to republish it in part or in full, just please give credit to The Colorado Independent and add a link to the original.
SIGN UP FOR OUR WEEKLY NEWSLETTER
ATTENTION news junkies, civil libertarians, and anyone familiar with the twisted case against Clarence Moses-EL, who spent 28 years behind bars on a wrongful conviction: […]Read More
This story, written by Colorado Independent editor Susan Greene, is among the work for which she is being honored this week by the ACLU of […]Read More