It is difficult to walk in the mud that covers an Oso sad town.
Glacial grief in the valley of the shadow of Slide Hill.
The search-and-rescue crew walks single file,
Mud suctions every step.
Trying as they might not to sink up to their waists,
Throwing down plywood to create walkways
Slowly moving muck, as heavy as fresh concrete,
Electronic detectors, beeping.
Hoping to find someone that found a bit of air.
But … when they discover human remains,
Working feet stop and the silence is absorbed by the mud.
Then a chorus of chainsaws resume.
Key words rearranged from article and source of photo:
The headlines retell the story:
“Make your Dream of Qualifying for the Boston Marathon a Reality.”
“Boston Marathon Map (2013)”
“TERROR AT THE MARATHON.” ( Globe coverage of the April 15, 2013 bombings at the Boston Marathon and the events that followed.)
“War Zone at Mile 26: ‘So Many People Without Legs’” (by Tim Rohan)
“Victims of the Marathon bombings.” (list of names, ages and types of injuries)
“Courage in the Face of Chaos: EMT Response to the Boston Marathon Bombings.” (by Chris Nelson)
“At the End, the Telltale Runners’ Bags.” (by Mary Pilon)
“Thousand-mile relay to bring donations to Boston Marathon victims.” (by Tim Ghianni)
“Boston Marathon Winner Will Donate His Medal.” (by Michael R. Gordon)
Photo Source: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/12/30/sports/at-the-end-the-telltale-runners-bags.html?_r=0