The rain lashed the walls of my face
Each drop piercing the skin as I chased
The old unused tent that threatened to fly
Off the terrace. Someone gave that tent
To my daughters for them to play,
And there it stayed for years thereafter, out grown,
But not remembered to be thrown.
The clouds raced their chariots across the sky
In greys I never knew existed, as birds
Flapped their wings against the breeze searching
For a way out of the storm, a place to call home
Even for a while. The wind blew in a flower
from three houses down. The maid silently weeps
As her daughter cannot be reached
She did not go to the evacuation center
And the embankments have been breached.
But we are safe here, in our homes.
Outside the cyclone rages, winds blowing
In every direction, nature is so fierce, someone wailed.
Nature reminds us now and again how small,
How helpless we all are. How small and useless
How weak and ineffective in our mighty towers.
Aluminum sheets from that fancy building
Rained from the sky, others danced the streets
Turning jagged corners as the wind
Spun them in the air. Trees have fallen
As trees in concrete tend to, their roots
Unable to withstand a cyclone. The wind blew
In a flower from three houses down. How strong
Are the roots that you cling to? Where do you go
When you want to be home? Can you withstand
This devastation? Do you have yourself to cling to?
Do you seek or do you provide shelter in a storm?
For we are safe here, in our homes.
There is a mother unable to feed her child
Who feeds her hunger with drain water tonight
A father that carries the world on shoulders
That never have shuddered in delight.
Of course, then there is Facebook
Asking, are you safe in the cyclone?
Have you kept your distance, have you been spared,
The whimsical vagaries of nature, are you home?
How are they, those who were walking?
Those whose homes have been washed away?
The wind cannot read directions, it blew
In a flower from three houses down.
But where does the blood and water flow?
These are things we only debate upon
Talking in hushed voices, watching
Videos forwarded in clusters.
You see, we are safe in our homes.