When the unwanted water arrived

When the unwanted water arrived. Andrew Benson GREENE (In memory of the flood victims of Sierra Leone)

They were deprived of life when the unwanted water arrived

And then, they were dispossessed of life and a chance to live,

When their slumber was less alert

When their slumber was less-prepared to confront

That extreme affront

Of the outpouring flood of rain.

A fatal flood that bulldozed its way

In the darkest hour of the night.

And before the coming of daylight

They were left to come face to face with the intemperate rage

Of nature’s heavy downpour, its damage never seen in our age.

They were our friends,

They were our families,

They were our neighbors,

They were our schoolmates,

They were our countrymen and women from Sierra Leone

Who were whisked away from the peak of ‘Regent’

Or its valley by the brutal arms of an urgent flood

The unwanted water that flowed with human blood.

They were pulled away from the beds of their ‘Sugar Loaf’ homes.

They were swept away with splash that lashed open the doors and windows

And snatched the innocent souls.

And whilst asleep, they were visited by the overflow of nature’s shrouded greed.

Pray that we never again flood,

Under the lion mountain of a rush of red bloody mud,

The midnight flood visit of an outburst of fear

That flooded Freetown and left our country in a flood of tears

The kind of flood which this country has never known,

Surreptitiously sweeping hundreds of lives into eternal sleep.

No early weather warnings detected

Or may have averted the death toll inflicted?

or no weather forecast to avert nature’s creepy trip.

The flood scraped off its hilly path where once stood homes

And destroyed the path so it can quickly roam,

Leaving a huge bald of red muddy soil

As a warning to all and a symbol of its havoc against those who once dwelled

Or lived through its destructive path.

It uprooted homes and scraped off trees, exposing the naked earth.

And they were left to come face to face with the intemperate rage

Of nature’s heavy downpour, its damage never seen in our age.

They were our friends,

They were our families,

They were our neighbors,

They were our schoolmates,

They were our countrymen and women from Sierra Leone




Media Sources.

Sierra Leone mudslide: At least 600 still missing in Freetown - BBC News http://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-40944540



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