A Reflection on Community Recovery
We were strangers when first we met,
One affected by disaster, the other there to help
And for a short while our paths were set.
We started the journey as a guide and one lost
As you struggled to find the power within yourself,
To rebuild your life and evaluate the cost
I saw your tears and felt your pain,
And connected with compassion, to the sadness in your heart
Now I feel very privileged to witness you smile again.
As together we walked on the road to recovery
You shared your story, your fears and your loss
And along the way we made an important discovery
We are all united in our love and our need
To feel connected to family, friends and community
Re-building together is powerful, indeed
You thank me as our ways part
Yet I come away feel truly blessed to have journeyed with you
For you are one of many who has enriched my heart.
Copyright © Huberta van Akkeren | Year Posted 2014