Thursday, August 31, 2017

Remember the Alamo



image from fineartamerica.com


Remember the Alamo 

“Just like the Alamo, somebody damned well
needed to come to their aid.”
Lyndon B. Johnson,

Put your empathy to the head of the line,
Raise your compassion above skyscrapers,
Aim your assistance to the Gulf, to the SW,
Yell hosannas well beyond state borders,
Follow your best instincts, your humanity,
Or let your heart be your compass & guide;
Rescue every man, woman, child, & pet, for
Texas is now hurricane-crippled--devastated;
Everyone needs to care, to reach out--
Xanadu will have to be rebuilt, taking years.
Angels must now all come out of hiding as

San Antonio rings its mission bells.


Glenn Buttkus

Posted over at dVerse Poets Pub MTB

18 comments:

Frank Hubeny said...

Very nice acrostic poem. I especially liked the last line about San Antonio.

brudberg said...

I agree, we need to help, we need to build again... Will it ever be the same again, or will the hurricanes of the century be repeated every decade... it seems like yesterday with Katrina and Sandy

Toni Spencer said...

Yes our hearts are with those in the Houston area right now just as they were with those in New Orleans and New Jersey or Japan after the tsunami. It will never be the same again but hopefully it will be better. Yes, lets let our praises rise and our humanity take over. I loved your line about the hosannas...

indybev said...


WOW! This is well done, Glenn. I have family in San Antonio -- and it IS ringing the mission bells for Houston and the coast.

Amaya Engleking said...

Texas as Xanadu. Nice. And San Antonio ringing its mission bells is a call in all of us to let our humanity rise.

Mark Walters said...

Thanks for your prayers Glenn! There are a world of hurting folks down southeast of the Alamo. I've been through Houston many times, but I've never thought of it as Xanadu. But that is a great thought!

Sara McNulty said...

Bravo, Glenn! This is a masterpiece. Perfect ending with the ringing of mission bells. Seems to take a tragedy to bring us all together.

Kathy Reed said...

I think the angels came out in force, don't you? How heartwrenching to watch! Your exceptional tribute should be sent to (shared with) a local newspaper down there.

Truedessa said...

clapping - On the shoulders of humanity may all be lifted up as the bell tolls.

Anonymous said...

Amen to that, Glenn

Kim Russell said...

Nicely done, Glenn! I love the lines:
'Yell hosannas well beyond state borders'
and
'...let your heart be your compass & guide'.
The angels are there, we just can't always see them.

lillianthehomepoet.wordpress.com said...

Hah! We did have our minds / pens on the same track! LOVE the message within the acrostic here. Most especially love the last two lines. And you are always so amazing with the quotations you find to fit your poems....LBJ's is perfefect!

Xenia said...

Beautifully penned Glenn and the angels are out in force ��

Alison H said...

This reads so beautifully. Those mission bells.

Colin Lee said...

Amen.

Rosemary Nissen-Wade said...

I fervently echo that prayer!

Anonymous said...

A powerful call. Sadly it seems that only in times of great trouble do we heed this. I suspect we have more ahead and so perhaps conversely the troubles will unite us.One can only hope.

Anonymous said...

I love how you connected Hurricane Harvey with the Alamo.