Thousands of Needles

She was a young girl
Living in a company compound
The only barrier between her
And the vast Arabian desert
A chain link fence

One day after school
A haboob, a desert sandstorm
Swept in through that flimsy fence
Thousands of needles
Drove into the thin skin
Of her face, arms and legs

She was not dressed
For the desert
She was dressed
As an American girl
Of the 1960s
In a sleeveless mini dress

She was blinded by the storm
By the flying needles of sand
When she opened her eyes
They stabbed her
When she shut her eyes
The grit remained

She could not see
She was lost in the storm
She had no idea where to go
What to do
Aside from wait

Even as an adult
Her memory is of
Thousands of needles
Stabbing her
Blinding her
Leaving her lost

Not of how it ended
Not of how or when the storm ended
Not of how or when she got out of the storm

8 thoughts on “Sandstorm

  1. Susan Irene Fox October 13, 2015 / 12:59 pm

    Kitt, this is so powerful – puts me right there. Made me feel as if I am that girl, wanting to remember the end of the misery, but left with the memory of the torment.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. e October 12, 2015 / 1:55 pm

    Wow, powerful Kitt. How did Saturday go, in terms of your physical stamina in the heat? Sorry if I missed a post updating us. And I know the goal still needs to be reached too🙏🏽

    Liked by 1 person

    • Kitt O'Malley October 12, 2015 / 2:48 pm

      I didn’t post an update. Got heat exhaustion and wasn’t able to walk full 5K. Had to go home, hydrate and sleep. Meds + heat + sun = bad mix, especially for someone as fair skinned as I am.

      Liked by 1 person

      • e October 12, 2015 / 3:26 pm

        Bummer but congratulations on your valiant efforts and commitment to raise funds and being one of the top individual fundraisers!!

        Praying you’re encouraged and replenished🌺

        Liked by 1 person

        • Kitt O'Malley October 12, 2015 / 3:27 pm

          Glad to have raised money. Think I’ll drink some more water right now, just in case.

          Liked by 1 person

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