Breaking News: In Rhyme

Breaking News: In Rhyme

There is nothing more relevant right now for those lucky folks who decided to set up shop next to the serene Atlantic Ocean than the horde of waves, wind, and woe that calls itself Hurricane Florence. Florence and the Machine was not kidding when she claimed that the dog days were over. Despite the obviously tragic consequences of this relentless natural disaster, some light has come out of it.
Stories of the homeless flocking together in “families,” miracles of nights at the shelter, and the story of one SuperTable™ that withheld the strongest of opponents, are only a couple examples of Florence’s star studded silver lining. More information about these blessed moments can be found here:
This 1998 poem by Peter Makuck explores the ruin behind a hurricane in “the Carolinas” around this time of year, and the image of a singular boy in the depths of the destruction “ready to defy all ruin”. It explores the force that is swept up in the wind of the storm, and how this strength defies all expectation of catastrophic disaster. People from all over the East Coast have been coming together in the wake of Florence to find collective resilience, and the image of the boy in the bright orange wetsuit defying all odds are them, building their beloved land back up. This boy’s determination in the face of despair is the essence of what all of Florence’s bright sides encompass: hope.

Sam Proctor ’19 || Lit Staff

4 thoughts on “Breaking News: In Rhyme”

  • First of all I would like to say terrific blog!
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  • I like the title breaking news with older refrences is funny, and it’s no surprise that Sam wrote this incredibly well. The story itself isn’t humerous, i jujst find tht one bit funny.

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