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Ike
by A. Keith Barton
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
Rated "G" by the Author.
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Hurricanes and Generals


Ike, you gave us a fright
We hunkered down all night
Howling winds carving through the city
Taking no prisoners, taking no pity
Galveston submerged like a submarine
Where once stood a city, proud and serene

Ike, your predecessor was calm and collect
A world war II hero to the chosen and select
Who risked their lives for country and freedom
Against dictators evil and gruesome
Your path cut through Texas like the Normandy invasion
Or Sherman’s march through an uncivil nation

Armored with battery-powered radios and flashlights
Anxiously awaiting recovery from flight
People left homeless with doubt and fear
Families at risk of losing everything dear
Turn to God for hope in prayer
To remove uncertainty and despair

But out of the pit of devastation and unnerve
We are comforted by heroes ready to serve
Policemen, firefighters, emergency crews arrive
Foregoing their loved ones to help us survive
The story is the same in any natural disaster
People help people as taught by our Master

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Reviewed by lois christensen 8/28/2014
Reminds me of the Calif Napa Valley Earthquake, houses demolished, much damage, but people are still pulling together and working together. Sometimes it takes a disaster for this.
Reviewed by Regis Schilken 7/28/2013
This unusual paring of Ike with hope reminds me so much of the tales of Haiti after its horrendous earthquake.
My wife, Jennie, and I have been sponsoring Haitian students for the past three years in our home while they take scholarly classes at Duquesne University. Their stories about people-helping-people during the minutes, hours, days and months after such devastation came to mind when I read your poem.
Thanks!
Reviewed by Jill Eisnaugle 12/3/2008
A. Keith,
I am a Hurricane Ike victim/survivor. Ike ripped an 18 x 24 foot hole in our roof after deciding our brick chimney needed to be pushed through our vaulted ceiling to rest in our living room. I am fascinated by your comparison between the storm and the battles waged throughout history. What a wonderful way of displaying the strength of a region that will, sadly, be suffering for a long time to come.

You have my utmost respect.
Thank you,
Jill Eisnaugle
Reviewed by john salmon 9/28/2008
wonderful poem of peoples courage during hard times, thanks for sharing
Reviewed by Karen Palumbo 9/17/2008
God bless you for this heartwarming piece and a tribute to all who have joined in to restore what was bring peace to broken lives...

Be always safe,
Karen
Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 9/16/2008
A. Keith,

Stunning comparison to a hurricane and a general: both had battle plans, both moved in with the stealth of wind. Very well done, glad to hear you made it through. Galveston my very favorite city in Texas: my heart breaks for her and her people! Stay safe, 'hear? Well done.

(((HUGS))) and love, Karla.



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