“Nature’s Vengeance”

The photo shows
a man
standing beside
a car
with a broken
headlight
and a
smashed
windshield.

The landscape
surrounding
him
is littered with
mangled leafless
branches
rent from
grounded
trees
severed
from their
roots
and scarred
with jagged
slashes
carved into
bark
by vengeful
winds.

There are
remnants
of architectural
elements
household goods
and memorabilia
belonging to
a past
life
now strewn
across the
wasteland.

In the
background
three walls
enclose an
empty space.

The photograph
is a
straightforward
unadulterated
documentation
of savage
destruction.
Its caption reads
“A man
walks near
his daughter’s
damaged
home….”

But there is
no home
no sanctuary
of protection
against the
vagaries
of man
and nature
just bits and
pieces remain
of what used to be
and will never be
the same again.

(Written for dVerse Poets, Open Link, Week 123, November 19, 2013.)

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12 Responses to “Nature’s Vengeance”

  1. Topical & terrific, VB, liked the form & the message. I get a lot of inspiration from the news of the day myself; thanks.

  2. poetrypea says:

    Love the form, the words and the combination which leads to very visual experience

  3. Newspapers are filled with those images of destruction … still the elements are part of what we have around us… the devastations…

  4. Tony Maude says:

    There are forces in the world that we can never control – and when they strike the results are devastating, be it typhoons in the Philippines or tornadoes in the US. Topical and well written.

  5. brian miller says:

    whew…made me think of the devastation after the storm…and even in the rebuilding it will never be the same you know…after the flood my gramma’s house was never the same either….nice capture….

  6. Morgan says:

    Wonderful verse and thematic tone.. Love it 😉

  7. Mary says:

    Whew, you bring this kind of devastation to life. The awful tornado that struck Illinois wss in the state just south of mine. The sirens were ringing in my area. As church ended, we all had to go to the church basement to wait out the blaring siren.

  8. billgncs says:

    safety is an illusion… Nice VB – -if you ever come to Chicago, you must come to tea with Jan and me.

  9. naramalone says:

    Just like that it can all be gone. Makes you stop and think about priorities.

  10. Lila says:

    Good “footage” here 🙂 I like the form and the line breaks.. the tone is so matter of fact and hopeless. Cool storytelling.

  11. ayala says:

    So sad, in an instant life changes.

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