- Katey Psencik American-Statesman Staff
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.