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HURRICANE HATTIE

              HURRICANE HATTIE                                                                

It came like a thief
After midnight
Stealthily
Unawares
Mischievously
Spitefully
Desperately
Determined 
With preconceived plans
Across the Caribbean Sea
Suddenly turning west
Making a beeline
To British Honduras
In Central America

It foiled expectations
That it would arrive
At seven the next morning
And
Instead

Made a surprise visit
Six hours earlier
And
Like the Gestapo
The KGB
The Secret Police
Attacked

While people were
Least prepared
Snoozing
Snoring
Dreaming
Of better things.


Discriminating
It attacked
Belize
Ignoring neighboring
Guatemala

Honduras
Mexico 
As if 
Remotely controlled 
By some
Vengeful fanatic
At 150 miles per hour
And more
It 
Clobbered
Battered
Hammered
Pounded
The coastline


Of 
The Jewel

People still ’memba
How in ’61

It wrecked havoc
In Dangriga
Belize City
San Pedro
Cay Caulker
Among others
As it 
Thumped
Hit
Broke
Lifted
Pushed
Carried
Dumped
Submerged
Their valuables 
And
Like a Repo Man
Dispossess them 
Of their 
Treasured belongings

Within the 
Make-belief safety
Of its eye
Poor people 
Thinking it was over
Sought their fortunes
On the beaches
In the shops
In others’ property
When Hattie
On a round trip ticket 
Came back hurriedly
And with 
More gusto
Lashed out 
As a category five
Storm
Typhoon
Hurricane 
To teach them a lesson
In

Tort
Honesty
Respect
And dignity.

In the end
One third of the coast
Was devastated

One third
Damaged
And 
Another third
Standing
With 264 dead
And millions
Of dollars lost
The place lay wasted
Spoiled 
Thorn
Flooded

Damaged 
Wounded
Smashed
Muddied
Polluted 
As
Debris
Corpses
Belongings
And victims
Wallowed in its wake.

As it distanced itself
From 
Its handiwork
And Observed

With a smirk
Its power 
To 
Subdue

Man
Woman and child
It grinned 
In satisfaction
At its exploits
And its supernatural supremacy
To shape destiny
And vanquish the vulnerable

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