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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Day Two of the Fire in Northern Colorado

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2012 ~ The wild fires continue on. In an article I read this morning, the cause of the fire is unknown…yesterday I’d heard that it was a controlled burn out of control…apparently that is not known at this time. One thing for certain is that the air here, is filled with smoke. I took this picture of the sun this morning around 8am ~ let’s think rain ~

To read about the fire: http://www.timescall.com/news/ci_20823380/dry-heat-fuels-wildfires-growth-west-fort-collins

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