I sit here, filled with emotion and for once, I can’t find the words to describe what I am feeling. I am a writer, words are my life, and yet I can’t seem to find the right ones that describe the sadness or the feeling of helplessness I am now experiencing.
I watch the news videos covering the destruction of Moore, Oklahoma and the loss of life that occurred when the tornado hit the small town. And, I find myself without words. The usual words sound empty and shallow compared to the pain these tornado victims are going through. I guess there are no words that can describe the feelings we have when we witness such tremendous loss and agony.
We have seen so much pain in the past year. Senseless murders of our children; horrific shootings of innocents; and terrorist attacks on our own lands. But, these events are ones we can find the words for. We have a villain; we can express our anger, our outrage, our quest for justice.
But, when the natural forces of nature destroys lives and levels a whole town in a blink of an eye; we have no one to rail at. We feel impotent and unable to comfort those victims. We have no one to blame and that leaves us feeling helpless and words feel inadequate.
There are some, who although they can’t find the words, are doing what they can to diminish the pain of these victims. The social media is filling with an outpouring of love and support for the people of Moore. One woman posted on Facebook and offered to provide shelter and feed for horses that are now without stables. She went further and has offered to pick them up and transport them to her farm.
Many of Moore’s neighbors in towns as far as 300 miles away are taking pictures of the victims’s memento’s and property that the tornado left in their yards. They are posting these on Websites to enable people to retrieve valuables that they thought were lost forever.
Lost animals, found wandering and hungry, are being cared for and their pictures are being posted so owner’s can retrieve them.
With help from their fellow-man; the town of Moore will rebuild. They have done it before and they will do it again..I have no doubt about this.
But, for now, while I look at a couple going through the rubble of what was once their home; when I watch the parents try to deal with the irretrievable loss of a child; I find myself without words. And maybe that because there are no words strong enough to comfort these people. Only by stretching out a helping hand, will they start to heal.
May those hands come quickly and soothe their pain.