Wayne Grayson

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Alberta residents walk away from devastation

Part of The Tuscaloosa News’ Pulitzer-Prize Winning Entry for Breaking News

As scores of her Alberta neighbors walked slowly in a mass exodus west
along University Boulevard on Thursday morning, Brenda Gibson stood
staring across the street at what was once her home. Looking south, a
small white house stood out among the waves of broken trees and
splintered wood, standing but leaning over, its front porch broken in
half.

“It’s demolished,” Gibson said. “I’m still in shock. I’m like ‘Pinch
me. Wake me up.’ This just can’t be true.”

All that Gibson has left, like so many others in Alberta, are the clothes she salvaged from her home, along with a bottle of grape soda and some snacks she pulled from the...

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Hum

It got so late
I’m up early now.
Occasionally
I stop what I’m doing
and stare at my hands
focusing on the very
tips
of my fingers.
Zeroed in on the
ridge of my
fingerprints as they
wobble and twitch.

Is this subtle shaking
the plea of a weary
nervous
system?
Is this
        hum within
    my hands
the only small action
my body can muster as I
again deny it rest?

Or is it the fumes of caffeine
leaving the body like hot
exhaust
from an old tailpipe?

I feel I have lived
my whole life in this
quaking.
Always wondering
whether I should worry
or simply weave
myself in.
Calibrate.
Attenuating to the tremors and
finding stillness in the shakes.

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