Ode to Texas

Helios banished
usurped by Thor.
Relentless temper rains
ruinous torrential tomorrows,
inundates the land.
Cloud-sieves drain seemingly forever.
Altruism birthed midst missing sun.
Notable acts of kindness shine,
emerge, kindled by catastrophe.

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Frank hosts dVerse today, the virtual pub for poets, asking us to write an Acrostic. An acrostic includes a word or phrase hidden within the first letter of each line. You find the word by reading vertically down the left side of the poem. Image in public domain at pixabay.comย 

 

53 thoughts on “Ode to Texas

  1. kanzensakura August 31, 2017 / 1:11 pm

    It seems all our thoughts are centered on Texas now. Everyday I pray for them. I have relatives in the Houston area but so far, all are okay and still in their homes. They have opened their homes to neighbors who lived on lower ground offering them food, a place to bunk down and …their washer and dryer. Pets are welcome as well. I am proud of my family! God bless all of them down Houston way.

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    • lillian August 31, 2017 / 1:36 pm

      Somehow, knowing you (even though only through dVerse), I would expect this of your family, Toni. Amen to everything you’ve said.

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      • kanzensakura August 31, 2017 / 2:29 pm

        Amen. and again Amen. 30 people and a dozen pets in one house. They are all working to keep each other sane, encouraged, dry, and fed. oh yes! and a newborn. wow. I just hope they don’t call her Harviana or some such horrible name. LOL

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      • Kona August 31, 2017 / 3:29 pm

        Maybe “Harley” instead?

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  2. Bjรถrn Rudberg (brudberg) August 31, 2017 / 3:05 pm

    I do love what happens to people in times of disaster… it could be so much better if we remembered it later. Loved your choice of word… so very timely.

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    • lillian August 31, 2017 / 3:10 pm

      Yes indeed…..if all that kindness flowed without a waterspout! ๐Ÿ™‚

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  3. kim881 August 31, 2017 / 3:13 pm

    Excellent, Lillian, and you’ve included gods, rain, cloud and kindness – thank goodness for kindness. ๐Ÿ™‚

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    • lillian August 31, 2017 / 8:25 pm

      Texas has been so much in the news….and now Louisiana. We had floods in our neighborhood in Iowa twice…once had to canoe in to our place but were fortunate as we were one of the few homes in the neighborhood that didn’t take in a drop. Our very good friends lost their home completely. Floods, and mainly their aftermath, are devastating.

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  4. paul scribbles August 31, 2017 / 3:44 pm

    It is a continuing shame that it takes hardship and disaster for us to value one another more.

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  5. Glenn Buttkus August 31, 2017 / 4:14 pm

    Great minds & all that–mine is about TX as well; many of my in-laws are on the Gulf–but I adore the way you handled it; more poetic. So strange to be familiar with every city hit, every town & road.

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    • lillian August 31, 2017 / 8:25 pm

      Extremely sad to see the devastation that is still occuring.

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  6. alisonhankinson August 31, 2017 / 4:27 pm

    Brilliant acrostic, and I hope that kindness wins through, I think the suffering and loss in these huge disasters is beyond my real comprehension.

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    • lillian August 31, 2017 / 8:27 pm

      Years ago when we lived in Iowa, our neighborhood was flooded and we had to canoe in to our place. We were so very fortunate that our home did not take a drop. Our very close friends lost their home. Devastated them emotionally and financially. Very sadly, once the rains stop, then the recognition of the tragedy really occurs.

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  7. Bev August 31, 2017 / 4:42 pm

    Texas is in our hearts, and this is a beautiful homage.

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    • lillian August 31, 2017 / 8:27 pm

      Thank you, Bev. Prayers go out to those in Texas and now in Louisiana too.

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  8. Charley August 31, 2017 / 6:40 pm

    Quite good, Lillian! Fitting for this disaster. Very well done.

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    • lillian August 31, 2017 / 8:28 pm

      Thank you, Charley. Such devastation happening……and some to be hit again.

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      • Charley August 31, 2017 / 8:32 pm

        Yeah, it is bitterness and pain. Your poem was fitting.

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  9. Waltermarks August 31, 2017 / 7:38 pm

    I especially like the end. There have been so many notable works of kindness in the storm, twinkling like stars in this dark time

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    • lillian August 31, 2017 / 8:29 pm

      Thank you, Jennifer. I so appreciate your reading my post and making a comment too.

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  10. Kathy Reed August 31, 2017 / 10:03 pm

    Beautiful! I’m sure there are many untold stories of selflessness among the devestation. Appropriate for any severe storm, before or in the future.

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    • lillian September 1, 2017 / 7:24 am

      Boston just sent three semi truck full of supplies to Texas. They will need so much….for a long time.

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  11. Truedessa August 31, 2017 / 11:11 pm

    I have been watching the events unfold and it brings me to tears. You have captured the devastation.

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    • lillian September 1, 2017 / 7:25 am

      It is absolutely heartbreaking to see….and it will take a long long time for the state and, most importantly, for families and people to recover. We had close friends who lost their home in a flood, it devastated them emotionally and financially.

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  12. Feelings and Freedom September 1, 2017 / 12:39 am

    Well written! Hurricane Harvey has indeed left many helpless as we hear from news. We all pray for their well-being.

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    • lillian September 1, 2017 / 7:26 am

      They will need prayers and help and aid for a long long time. Once the waters recede, the real damage is seen and must be coped with.

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  13. Colin Lee September 1, 2017 / 6:56 am

    โ€œAltruism birthed midst missing sunโ€ — golden! Thank you the hope, Lillian.

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    • lillian September 1, 2017 / 7:28 am

      They will need assistance for a very long time. Devastation of belongings, infrastructure, and spirit….they will need the prayers, physical and financial aid to buoy their spirits and enable rebuilding.

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      • Colin Lee September 1, 2017 / 7:32 am

        You’re right, I’m afraid. It’s New Orleans all over again. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

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  14. whippetwisdom September 1, 2017 / 10:05 am

    Beautifully penned Lillian and the kindness from the people on the ground far outweighs the hurricane of scammers in cyberspace who have been trying to cash in on Texas. The good people will continue to shine brightly and our prayers are with them ๐Ÿ’œ xxx

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    • lillian September 1, 2017 / 2:26 pm

      Thank you, Mary. Sometimes it takes tragedy to remind us of our shared humanity.

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  15. Imelda September 1, 2017 / 8:29 pm

    Beautiful description of the hurricane and of the beauty rising from tragedy.

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    • lillian September 1, 2017 / 8:58 pm

      The beauty of humanity when they support each other….

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  16. Rosemary Nissen-Wade September 1, 2017 / 8:57 pm

    Well done, to cover all aspects and end on the positive.

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  17. mhmp77 September 2, 2017 / 12:13 am

    kaykuala

    Notable acts of kindness shine,
    emerge, kindled by catastrophe.

    Testing times would result in creating heroes whose noble acts would not otherwise be known

    Hank

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  18. revivedwriter September 2, 2017 / 7:49 am

    Nice one! Creative and, of course, timely. ๐Ÿ™‚ I especially like the first 2 lines and the positive ending.

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  19. Bekkie Sanchez September 2, 2017 / 1:43 pm

    I like the name “Kindness Kindled By Catastrophe” as a title. Lol! I really like the line, “kindness shine,
    emerge, kindled by catastrophe.” Good subject matter. So many of the people helping are ordinary people who care because services were barely represented after flooding hit. Thank heavens for them!

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  20. Victoria C. Slotto September 2, 2017 / 4:33 pm

    So well executed, Lillian. And touching a tragic event with subtle grace.

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  21. dornahainds September 5, 2017 / 2:49 pm

    Excellent triumph! ๐Ÿ˜Ž๐Ÿ˜Ž๐Ÿ˜Ž๐Ÿฅ€๐Ÿฅ€๐Ÿฅ€

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