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Torrential Wrath ©

(Coming to terms with the freak floods that hit the Sandwick area on the 19th September 2003)

Nat Hall
Sandwick, Shetland
2003

Jack the Ripper
came to Shetland,
I felt his presence
in the clouds -
the angry sky opened
its mouth,
I heard a scream...
Channerwick,
Sandwick,
Hoswick,
hillsides scarred,
cut wide open
like slashed by scythe -
torrential wrath
at just before 7am
Friday morning.
Earth and rubbles...
houses and crofts devastated -
gone are the roads, fields
and the bridge,
as nearby burns turned
to rivers,
sheep wandering...
folk just wonder
what's happening -
...and that's not all.
Cunningsburgh,
Levenwick,
two more landslides -
power's gone,
more land bleeding...
bottled water out
in Park Wynd, Central,
Brentfield,
Carnegie Hall.
The damage is there for all
to see,
thank God, no dead
or casualty.
Time to re-build.


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