Monday, May 24, 2010
Magpie 15-The tragic storm
Alone, afraid, and in awe, she sat by the water's edge. There really was nowhere else; the water seemed to be everywhere. It hit hard and fast without warning. The storm had come and gone and with it went her home, her family. People were scattered everywhere; some walking aimlessly, others injured and immobile. Many not alive. Many looking like dead fish sprawled across the tormented sand. Her young eyes had never witnessed such devastation.
She was used to living with little means and little food; their home barely with a roof. But she had been raised with her little sister and baby brother knowing no difference. Her household was full of love and laughter. Now tears fell from her face as she realized that was all gone. She was barely seven and alone. Gone was her home and her family.
Afraid to move, scared to stay put, she sat there trembling, crying. Others stepped over and around her, yelling out names she didn't recognize, crying for help. The chaos made her sink deeper into her mind to a place she could hide away. The screams, pleas for help, and cries of agony and loss too much for her ears to bare. And then, a stranger kneeling in front of her speaking softly with comforting words. The kind stranger-lady took her by the hand, led her to a half fallen hut, and covered her with a woven blanket. She sat there with about twenty other parent-less children, her mind circling around an unknown future.
I happened across this video today when I couldn't get this song out of my head. It became the inspiration for this story. I can't even imagine the fear and pain many children (in our country and the poor countries) suffer with tragedy or even just the rotten cards life deals them. I wish I could save them all!
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