A portrait of Oklahoma


The world is described as a global village because it is now easier to switch on your TV and watch live happenings around the world. You just simply turn your computer and click away at major happenings around the world.

I therefore woke up to a live telecast of a tornado in the state of Oklahoma in the USA. Every natural disaster of such magnitude is devastating for the people involved, their families and love ones.  Disasters often leave us feeling helpless but we find strengthen in our helplessness and unity.

If you are a regular to my blog, you would often notice that I love to use pictures to illustrate whatever it is that I am writing about. Pictures just speak better than thousand words. A picture has the power to draw you in and yet gives you the option and liberty to decide for yourself its meaning. Where words fail to create an impression a picture does with ease.

So after listening and watching footages of the tornado, I decided to look through slides of this natural disaster. There were thousands of pictures to look at and each picture had a story to tell. It was almost as if each picture wanted me to hear its story. The stories ranged from bravery, resilience, pain and joy.

After looking through most of these pictures, one picture created an unforgettable impression on me. I knew I wanted to copy and save that picture and I knew I wanted to write a story about this picture but each time I try, I failed because the picture told its own story better than anybody could ever tell it.

The truth is that I don’t know if it’s the merging of the two souls in the picture I like or if it is the humanity in the picture. Maybe it is the perfect representation of two different races; it might just be the bear hug of this huge man given to a vulnerable child after he was rescued from the rubbles. I think it might just be a little bit of all the reasons given above.

All the picture might just be saying is LIFE………………………………………………………………………………………………


9 thoughts on “A portrait of Oklahoma

  1. The way I wish it was. The way it could be – just love and compassion for everyone — for each other — every day — just love and more love . . . How beautiful!

    • Thank you so much for your comment and for stopping by my blog. when you are affected by something, you cannot help but put out the emotions you feel.

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