The Storm Before the Storm

December 13, 2010
By Anonymous

Why do I have to leave?
Why now?
What's so urgent?
Where are we going?

Questions that run through my mind,
And they never cease,
That I do not know the answer
For I do not yet know the cause.

No one has the time for questions,
Packing is most important.
Suitcase, dog, and pillow.
That's all I am allowed to bring.

Holly is going to Florida,
Erica to Texas,
And Emily to Mississippi.
But where am I going?

"Aunt Annie's House, across the river," my parents say,
but "away" is all I hear.
I am going away,
And I am waiting to find out just what could cause this storm of chaos.

The author's comments:
This piece reflects on the period of time during which I was initially informed that my family was leaving for Hurricane Katrina.

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