I am at a friend’s: she doesn’t have matches.
I am at a friend’s: she doesn’t have bandaids.
“You need a tsunami kit,” I say. “Now!”
My daughter made a tsunami kit for college
with a life straw, an emergency blanket, ace wraps
and bandaids. A leatherwoman for tools with a knife.
Watching after the earthquake, it’s the crowbar I think of.
It is in my back yard, under the apple tree.
If we have our earthquake, I should be able to find it.
Or if I can’t, you know where it is now.
Please, take it to help someone
if I can’t.
Boy Scouts taught me “Be Prepared.” That is a physical instruction (having a tsunami kit) and a mental/emotional instruction.