Debra Kay Robinson

(Sioux City, IA)

Emergency Management


Mankind—
Possessing the power and position,
to control everything;
and every one.

At the top of the food chain,
Destiny waiting to be claimed,
The Alpha of our world.

The pounding of clenched fists against bare chests.
Ready to face any challenge;
dominate the moment.
Standing as kings upon this earthly domain.

On occasion,
Mother Nature will waive her mama finger,
In dissatisfaction;
with less than gentle reminders.
Demonstrating her will.

Buildings fall,
Waters overflow,
the earth shakes.
Landscapes are transformed,
Beyond recognition—
People suffer.

If only momentarily
Mankind succumbs to the realization
That certain things are bigger;
And more powerful
Than themselves.
With the ability to exceed the limits
Of our mortal controls.

Those are the eventualities we plan for.
We pray we have done enough
To ensure we are ready.
For neighbors, family, friends, and strangers
We will respond.


© 6-18-14

Submitted: Wednesday, June 18, 2014
Edited: Thursday, June 19, 2014

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