Where Do We Start?

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First we cry.
Then we hold on
to one another
for the help
of continuing
to stand.

Then…

Not unlike the first
piece of rubble
picked up after
NYC’s twin towers came down…

Not unlike the first
chunk of cement
removed after
the earthquakes
in Japan and Haiti…

Not unlike the first
bags of water
helicopters dropped
on the 2012 wildfires…

Not unlike the first
boards and walls
pulled away after
the Joplin tornado…

we begin with reaching
for the first
downed branch
floating dish
passing chair
ruined & cherished photos
old family paintings
& worn letters
yellowed baby books &
black & white home movies
and so much more
that hurricane Sandy
stole and blew away
with the ease
of a breath…

We begin again.
That’s who we are.
We human beings
refuse to remain
battered.

nannette rogers kennedy
October 30 2012

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Absolute Clarity

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This video is VERY powerful.  The video was filmed during the Joplin, Missouri Tornado just over a week ago. The video was on the news the day after the tornado and just as the different stations warned viewers about the intensity of this video, I warn you that this is NOT something for small children or those who may be very uncomfortable “witnessing” the chaotic moments in this video.  I will say, there is one moment of absolute clarity from the young man who filmed the video. You don’t see much, but it is what you hear, what your heart feels ~ a Oneness.

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