In the wake of damage caused by Hurricane Harvey in Houston earlier this week, those with ties to Houston have taken to social media to express their love for a city that has shown resilience, strength and community in a time of heartbreak and devastation.
South Carolina pastor Jeremy Rutledge, who previously lived in Houston, perhaps captured the best love letter yet, penning a poem that many have said perfectly captures the spirit of the city.
“I was surprised how many people thought what I wrote was a prayer. It wasn't a prayer — it was a poem to a place and people I love,” Rutledge wrote on Facebook the day after he shared the poem.
The poem reads in part:
if you want to pray
raise a bottle of Shiner
to the gray sky
and say that 130 mile an hour winds
and 9 trillion gallons of rain
are no match
for a city of such life
you can fill up our bayou
but you will never rain
on our parade
And yes, the poem even includes a subtle dig at Dallas. Because of course it does. Read the poem on Rutledge’s Facebook page here or read it in its entirety below.