As a poet, I often feel compelled to write after some major event occurs, whether that event is something good or bad or simply indifferent. That being said, a few days back I wrote this piece as a part of the emotional journey we are all going through as a result of Hurricane Sandy.
And so the wind and rain swirled mightily
Over the labors of both man and machine
Relentless in enacting its wrath on each
When all was said and done
The fierce storm sought only to take
Leaving lifeless bodies
And lost memories in its wake
But amid all this sadness
And the suffering within our hearts
Comes the triumph of the human spirit
Across the land and beyond
We will rise from this devastation
Coming back from where we’ve been
We will see the sun tomorrow
Because with hope, we’ll always win
As the founder of this blog, I am affiliated with an arts services website with a few sub-divisions if you will. And knowing what the people on the East Coast of the United States are currently going through, I thought it might be a good idea to promote the relief effort through this outlet.
That being the case, the Three Rivers Creative Arts website and the aforementioned sub-divisions have decided to do the following.
Three Rivers Creative Arts
– For any person who donates to a an established, reputable charity for Hurricane Sandy relief efforts, you can e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org telling us the amount you donated. For every $10 worth of donations, you will earn one entry into a drawing to win a free HP photo printer (Model A646) a more than $300 value. If you win the drawing, you will be required to provide verification of your charitable donation.
The winner can pick up his or her prize at out studio in Pittsburgh, PA or it can be shipped for a fee of $15.00. Entries accepted until Nov. 10.
Twisted Angels Alternative Modeling Community
– For each new subscription purchased between now and Nov. 10, 25% or $1.00 of the first month’s subscription will be donated to the American Red Cross for the relief efforts.
Jason Greiner’s Official Author Website
– If you donate to any established or reputable relief charity for the victims of Hurricane Sandy, we will give you a free copy of the deluxe version of the e-book “Making Beautiful Photography: A Guide for the Novice and the Enthusiast.” Get this $5.00 value until Nov. 10. Just e-mail us through the “Contact Us” page form the link above and tell us about your donation.
As anyone who even remotely follows this blog knows, our whole existence is essentially related to the arts. However, in the wake of the intense and tragic storm now devastating parts of the East Coast of the United States, I thought it appropriate to step away form the usual topics for a moment.
This horrible storm is likely to be the worst hurricane ever to hit the United States and is expected to effect more than 80 million people – that’s about one quarter of the country’s population.
As I watch the news this morning, I see far too many flooded streets and even more than 50 homes in New York City up in flames.
In our everyday lives, we often get complacent about things. We worry and complain about little things like the battery life of our cell phones or having to wait an extra five minutes in backed up traffic. It isn’t until something like this occurs that we stop to put things into perspective.
Keep the victims of Hurricane Sandy in your thoughts and prayers.