My dearest readers,
'Just Another Day'
by Tracy McAra
Never dreaming for one moment of the horrors we would face.
12.51 will now be etched forever in our minds,
The day the Garden City fell - Mother Nature crossed the line,
The panic and the shock would hit each and everyone,
From Bluff up to Kaitaia - no respite for anyone.
The phone lines jammed as many calls each one of us would make
To our loved ones down in Christchurch - we just prayed we weren't too late.
The cameras started rolling we could not believe the sights
The screams, the cries, the panicked look in everybody's eyes.
The twisted metal girders of the buildings that fell down,
The rubble, dust and mud pools forming all around the town.
Those of us who were not there still shed our tears the same
For people trapped and dying though we did not know their names.
New Zealand's darkest day had come and together we must stand
To give all that we have to try and help our fellow man.
The Kiwi way it will prevail - we will stand proud and strong
As our nation comes together, Christchurch will live on.
We will rebuild, we will stand up and shake our fists up to the sky
You may have knocked us down a while - but we'll get up and fight.
To everyone that's lost someone our hearts they bleed as one.
Our thanks go to the rescuers - to each and every one,
To the unsung heroes on the street who didn't stop to think,
Who put themselves in danger helping others from the brink,
To the police force and the army and the student volunteers,
To the USAR teams from near and far who kindly share our tears.
We will go on, we will prevail to live another day.
After all, that's what we are - it is the Kiwi way!