My husband's co-worker drove to Joplin to look for his friends and located one of his friends sitting where his home used to be. He lost everything including his wife and child. At that point they did not know if his wife and child were alive so they drove all over looking at one shelter after the other. It is complete chaos in Joplin. He has yet to find his family.
I dedicated this poem to all the people of Joplin.
They gather, they gossip
Outside it howls
They are making declarations
Loving one another during times
Of duress is natural
Loving one another
When you are cut off at on- ramp
Or forced to stop at a red light
Because someone was too slow
Not so easy
But do it anyway
Don’t let your last words be words
Of ill will
Let those times remind you
Patience is a virtue
Be virtuous today to your neighbor
Because tomorrow you could be huddled in a
Declaring your love
While the finger of
God threatens your life.