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After the Tempest
Annie, Age 13, Northborough, MA

Rain drops fell,
Liquid bullets hitting against my windowpane.

Lightning flashed,
Streaking across the rumbling sky.

Thunder rolled,
Its force passing through the earth.

Wild winds blew,
Powerful gusts that sweep up
Nature’s litter: leaves, shrubs, twigs.

The water level rising higher,
                                       higher,
                                           higher…

Rain, lightning, thunder, and winds, getting
Stronger, stronger, STRONGER.

Trees uprooted;
Houses destroyed;
Lives taken.

     Flooding.
          Disaster.

New Orleans, left a disaster after
Hurricane Katrina swept through.

In the midst of this trauma is

Hope.

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