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by A. Keith Barton

Friday, September 23, 2005
Rated "G" by the Author.
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This is the first of a three-part series on Hurricane Rita as it approaches the author's hometown of Houston. Part II will describe the storm's fury when it pounds the city for twelve hours and then Part III will reflect on Rita's aftermath.

Hurricane Rita on her way
As Houston battens down on a summer day
Cat 4 an ominous reminder
Of windís fury, a real sidewinder
People stranded on I-45
A bus explodes, elderly folk die

Roads less traveled everywhere
People inside shaking and scared
Katrina taught us a lesson or two
About carefree life and playing the fool
An eerie silence awaits the storm
Sunshine and heat do not forewarn

No batteries or bottled water to be found
In a city of four million, a giant ghost town
Empty freeways and buildings boarded up
A harbinger of natureís horrific dump
Tubs filled with water and coolers of ice
After no electricity, itís not so nice

Radios and flashlights replace laptops and Ipods
Portends a simpler life until God gives the nod
For wind and rain to hit the streets
Knocking reporters off their feet
So we continue to wait like lost sheep
Before natureís fury begins to leap


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Reviewed by Chrissy McVay 3/31/2006
Good visual through words. What a terrible ordeal...
Reviewed by m j hollingshead 9/24/2005
well said
Reviewed by Andy Turner (Reader) 9/23/2005
Yup. Houston you have a problem...
Reviewed by Ronald Hull 9/23/2005
You've got it covered. I will be riding it out with you and keeping an eye out for for oportunists who might try to take advantage of our neighbors' absence. Stay high and dry and out of the wind.

Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 9/23/2005
Excellent write--I can't imagine being in one of these things, the terror, the uncertainty...God be with you and protect you and yours.

(((HUGS))) and love, Karla.
Reviewed by Safi Abdi 9/23/2005
May Allah keep you and yours safe, beautiful lines,
Reviewed by Leysa Lowery 9/23/2005
Makes me glad to live so much farther inland! Nicely rhymed.
Reviewed by Sue Hess 9/23/2005
wonderful description of a grim situation...i'm glad you all will not be taken by surprise, that has to help some

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