On Sunday, August 21, 2017, in Houston, Texas, I was one of the featured literary artists at the Evelyn Rubenstein Jewish Community Center’s “Renewal” show in collaboration with the Women in the Visual and Literary arts.
My contributing piece was the poem “Man and Nature”, and I had the honor of reading it in person.
Man and Nature
I awake to the soft sound of muffled rain.
The answer lies outside my window where
A lake reflects the light from the street pole,
Lawn and street existed there a day before.
It is late to bring the car up the drive.
The curb has swallowed it up to the seats.
Walking back in knee high water offers little comfort
Debris floats by with trash, rubbish, and unmentionables.
The water comes to a halt at the door,
In some way politeness overcame.
The rain slowly stops and the water
Melts back to the curb.
The day begins to break.
A certain peace is felt as I walk the street
Finding a forest of fallen leaves and limbs
Where pavement grayed the road.
Nature force has conquered tonight.
Bayou water crested and swept into the homes of many.
Mountains of wet interior remains begin to form
On the curb that witnessed the encounter.
The torrid affair continues.
Man and Nature renew their dance of life together.
Floors and walls are dry once more to house our feet,
Holding images of our past, happy and sad.
Most remain and some will leave.
Months go by before the war and outcome are forgotten,
At least for now.
Until the next expression of surrender is heard from Nature herself.
Little did I know that within a week there would be a magnified version of this poem projected across the state, and in particular, in the Meyerland neighborhood once again.