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REVISION Isaac Cline's hurricane (Galveston, Sept. 1900)
netskyIam

The original introduction and notes and original version of this item are now in the commentary area.  -thanks-

http://www.1900storm.com/isaaccline/isaacsstorm.lasso
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Contains brief and compelling background which was the source for this factual poem.
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poem:
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The mainland west of Galveston Island
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declines below sea level.
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"Vast marshes there will accept high tidings
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of water any cyclone sends,
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which, at worst, shall only cleanse
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our City's beautiful streets."
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"o those alarmist Cubans,
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whom, we now note, are all quite wet,
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Hear this forecast for our race:
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Galveston is safe, and so is the truth:
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no  seawall need ever be set."
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So, nothing erected, in due accord with Cline's status, his bulwark unweathered as local chief of
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National Weather Bureau bellwethers.
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And no hurricane warning for Galveston
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for fear of a forecast error Cline placed
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onto nature's chaos instead of on mankind's
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imperfectly formulated thoughts.
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~~~
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Washes of water cleanse the streets
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of horseflesh. urine and dung floating salted
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by the surges ingressing homes flooding and upset, the impacting waves snapping timbers as cudgels
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with crushes enough to split floating coffins
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and the living flotsam: disembraced, killed in the night.
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~~~
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The mainland west of Galveston Island declines into a marsh of grass
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nourished in part by elemental traces of hubris cum humus:
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by those dead, whose lives by Isaac Cline's pride,
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we note, in fact, did decline.
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something to think about. it's so close to home.
 — unknown

original was very rough... here it is complete with original notes.

Isaac Cline's Hubris: Galveston, Sept. 1900
netskyIam

He was the long-time expert advisor of the National Weather Bureau, stationed in Galveston, Texas.  He dismissed the risk of  hurricane attacking  his city for years before. And he was rewarded, perversely, by so allowing Galveston to become decimated.  Federal officials covered each other's backs then and now.. as another huge storm approaches a century later and this is why we make  a study of human pride and the result of egotistical pronouncements.

A quick Google search of "Galveston Hurricane" will bring up a stinking mess of wreckage.  Cline continued at his post until 1935.  Some call that September storm,  "Isaac's Hurricane".

posted September 21, 2005 as Rita moves toward the Texas coast.  Where will it land and what will result is not yet determined.  Only Isacc's storm -is- determined.  So it is remembered here in close advance of the next great Texas hurricane.


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Isaac Cline's Hubris
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The mainland west of Galveston Island
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declines below sea level.
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"Vast marshes there will absorb any surging
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water any cyclone sends,
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which at worst shall only cleanse
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our beautiful City's streets.
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"To the  Cuban alarmists
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whom we now note are all quite wet,
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witness the mettle of our race.
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Galveston, my home too and this is  true:
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No seawall need ever be set."
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No barrier erected, in due accord
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with Cline's opine, his status unweathered
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as the local-senior of Federal Bureau bellweathers.
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Therefore no warnings flushed out the people;
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disallowed for fear of red herring error.
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~~~
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Washes of water clear the streets
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of horseflesh, urine and dung
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floating, salted, on rising tides ingressing
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homes flooded and next upset, impacting
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wind snapping the  timbers for cudgels
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for crushes enough to split  the unembraced
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dead in the night.
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The mainland west of Galveston
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declines into a marsh of grass
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fed by organics from material
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remainders of Isaac's
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Hubris cum humus.
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Those dead of so long past
 — netskyIam

i love nicolas cage

i'd like to hump him right nowwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww

oh right and htat ether hawke guy
man he's even scumptiousier

dang


both at the same time

i have a green card. i am legit. please see to it.

Prikjcilla
 — unknown

I live close to Galveston and everytime I go there the Hurricane of 1900 never escapes my mind. Just driving past the bridge built afterward is an instant reminder. The architecture that did survive the storm is absolutely beautiful. I recently previewed a home there that was built in 1874, it was amazing.

On an objective note, haha, I really enjoyed the poem. Thanks.
 — wanderlusted

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