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Utter Despair

Story ID:7012
Written by:Monte Leon Manka (bio, contact, other stories)
Organization:retired
Story type:Poem
Location:Hemet CA. USA
Year:1958
Person:Petrified Chelsea Kansas Kid
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Utter Despair

Utter Despair

With her home in a shambles
This lady is sitting there
Staring into space
Resting in her favorite broken chair

With an ice pack
Held on that bump on her fore head
She was lucky
But her future she did dread

Saved were a few letters, held tightly in her hand
Some canned goods in a broken cabinet drawer
With an antique picture
Propped up on the kitchen floor.

Gone are all the important papers
That she placed on that closet shelf
Birth certificates, the “Will”
“They are safe here,” she told herself

Those New Blankets and comforters
That were put away
To be used for special occasions
Christmas and Thanksgiving day

All her dresses and shoes
Nothing there—all gone.
Going to be extremely difficult
For her to carry on

Gone are her family pictures
Everything’s blown away
She is lucky to be alive
After what happened here today

Just one poor individual
Who suffered this fate
Along with scores of others
On June 10, 1958
Monte L. Manka 03-25-11.

Picture taken from Facebook, Virginia Allian posted them yesterday, Thanks Virginia. MM