The Hurricane

Posted August 18, 2011 & filed under Poem of the Day.

On August 18, 1983, Hurricane Alicia hit the Texas coast. It killed 22 people and caused a billion dollars in damage.

Many children have lived through natural disasters and witnessed difficult things. Creating a safe space for them to talk and write about their experiences is a form of healing.

Today, as we remember the destruction caused by Hurricane Alicia and other hurricanes, here is a poem by a high school student about what it feels like to live through one.  Her first-hand testimony captures the intensity of the storm, her fear, and her new-found understanding that home is not always safe.

We shouldn’t have stayed

Slashing winds, my parents arguing, and the electricity cut off

No way to take a bath to calm down because of this storm

My mom says I could get shocked

My dad says quit complaining

We shouldn’t have stayed

The rain looks like a wall of water

The winds are howling like monsters of my childhood

And I feel scared because I might be blown away

We shouldn’t have stayed

It’s black and dark and LOUD outside

I can’t sleep because I’m worried about the pets

that people might have left outside

I want to go home but I am home

We shouldn’t have stayed

by Lauren, 11th grade

Dance in the Clouds

Posted September 22, 2009 & filed under Notebook.

Come with me to the clouds.
We can go to the last one,
and you’ll smell fresh air.
We can jump and make it rain.
We can fly in the air
then talk to the birds.

We’ll talk to rain drops.
It will feel relaxing.
You’ll hear the thunder go
boom, boom, boom.
It will make you crazy.
Be careful with the lightning
or you’ll be gone forever.

You will never want to go home.
Tell the red bird if you want to go.

by ShaCari, 3rd grade

photo by plan 10 on flickr