We take for granted that food can be plentiful because we throw away the remains that is still edible. We take for granted that we have water at our fingertips; therefore, we leave the faucet and hose to constantly drip. We take for granted that our basic essential needs comes in abundance but when there is a shortage many go in a panic and show their ignorance. We take for granted that we can switch electricity on and off at our leisure without it we go in a frenzy like a battlefield without measures. We take for granted that television, Internet and cable is what we are accustomed too. So without it, you feel lost and hopeless, but that's all on you. We take for granted that gas and ice are really a necessity but we act as if it will always be around not knowing it's truly a must have commodity. We have to realize some nations never had these possibilities. It is a luxury to have these things, but we must remember that life goes on no matter what set back a natural disaster brings.
You lay in bed hearing the lost rain upon the tin roof, left idle and betrayed by the God of your childhood, who persisted past your prehension while the candent of the streetlamp begged you to preserve your soul from doubt. Sleep finally passes over and darkness defies your attention. Your eyes blackened and devoid of soul. Tending to a horse that only Jesus can ride. Ready to face another false day of pain and a mask to obscure the ripe scallywag that is your inner spirit. You awake from a troubled night of thin dreams. The sun, hidden from your preview and when it materializes, you are startled and aghast. Like holding a foreign coin in your hand. You know it has value, just not in the place you are standing. So back in your pocket it goes, lost amongst the other coins and charms of your past. John M. Valdez www.facebook.com/poetryofjohnmvaldez