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


  1. Thank you. Guess there’s a metaphor there…

  2. Thank you, Milanka!

  3. 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.

  4. Beautiful poem Kitt. Loved reading these wonderful and powerful words. 🙂 <3

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

  6. 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?

  7. 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.

  8. 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??

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