For my friends in the Caribbean, Florida and wherever the track of Irma proceeds …

When Jesus said – build your house
on rock and not on sand,
he was not applauding lucky homeowners,
or those with enough money
for flood insurance.
He was not talking cellars,
or solid construction and he was
certainly not dissing trailers.

Jesus was telling us all
that a house on rock is one
that is built on the words he spoke –

about treating everyone
as a neighbor,
getting up late at night
to answer a knock on the door,
going after one person
so anxious about a shelter full of strangers
they did not evacuate,
casting nets even on the other side
that brings in cats and dogs,
saying to the winds and waves of fear
in an elder relocated,
a family business destroyed,
the husband or wife of an EMT –
peace be still.

Many sandy beaches will wash away
in the days to come,
and houses, too, that people loved,

but the community is built
on the rock of this –
I was hungry, homeless, hurt,
I was the least
in the pet-friendly shelter,
and you cared for me.

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2 Responses to For my friends in the Caribbean, Florida and wherever the track of Irma proceeds …

  1. Stephen Price says:

    When I have to put the dog out at 4, I have to remember NOT to read your poem. Or I will spend the early morning awash in the Word of God that comes rumbling thru it to prod me to ask how firm my foundation really is.

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