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Five Years Later (Originally Titled, Two Years Later)
by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner

Thursday, August 26, 2010
Rated "PG" by the Author.
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... his home, all he knew: ....

(Image (c) 2010, Karla Dorman

Blinking in the freshening
gale, he stood firm:  no damnfool
storm was going to chase him
away.  The wife and kids could go,
he was staying.  Been through these
things, before:  he and house came
out alright.  His home, all he
knew:  born here, raised here, it was
there when he went off to war, it
greeted him on his return, he got
married on the front porch,
for Pete's --- spent most of his life
here.  He wasn't going nowhere.
He lifted his drink and roared at the
hurricane:  just try and git me, ya
bastard.  The hurricane answered:
been five years and they haven't
found his body.  Still among the
missing, presumed dead ... 

(c) 2007, Revised, 2010, Karla Dorman (8/26)


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Reviewed by Jon Willey 9/3/2010
A tragic story Karla. When the final push comes to shove the time has arrived, when nature will always be victorious. You have to admire his bravado. However that was one time when victory meant backing away from the confrontation. May peace love and joy be always with you my dear friend. Jon Michael
Reviewed by David Maclellan 8/27/2010
We have our share of natural disasters in Oz, but thankfully hurricanes are not one of them. Mother Nature is not the lady to tempt, She might let you off once or twice, but sooner or later you will succumb to Her embrace, as evidenced in this tragic piece.
My best regards,
Reviewed by Carole Mathys 8/27/2010
Nature always has the last word...powerful write, Karla.
peace, Carole~
Reviewed by D Johnson 8/27/2010
Wow! That has to be the best of all your writings, and that takes some effort. Pure gold.

Reviewed by Mr. Ed 8/27/2010
Over 1,800 souls perished in that monster storm. Hard to believe it's been five years now.
Reviewed by Paul Berube 8/27/2010
Great write, Karla.
Reviewed by Dawn Anderson 8/26/2010
You know, I've heard of people like this, but never knew anyone who personally did it. Powerful and sad write, Karla.
Reviewed by Peter Schlosser (Reader) 8/26/2010
Never tempt fate. Especially when it's Mother Nature.
Reviewed by Rebecca Russell 8/26/2010
Can't say I've ever rode out a "real" storm, but I have stayed to "ride out" other kinds of catastrophes, complete with shaking fists and verbal dares. Luckily I survived, body more or less intact. An excellent piece, full of the drama of any last stand. Rebecca
Reviewed by Karen Palumbo 8/26/2010
Guess I can relate to the guy as I would hold my ground too. Did it during Gloria and my front porch washed into the sound and out to sea. What a great piece...

Be always safe,
Reviewed by Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado 8/26/2010
Such a shame: if he had gone to shelter, heeded the warnings, he might still be around ... may we NEVER forget the catastrophic damage that Katrina showed the residents of New Orleans, Louisiana (and the rest of the Gulf Coast states, for that matter) ... Heartbreaking realities once again in view as we anticipate the five-year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina! Powerfully penned, Karla; well done!

(((HUGS))) and much love, your twin, Karen Lynn. :(
Reviewed by Ed Matlack 8/26/2010
I've done that too, sort of, when storms washed ashore in Sea Isle City, NJ...but never seemed to be big enough, YET, to wash me away...sorry for his family, but it was afterall his own it would be mine...Ed
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