a few minutes,
a matter of hours
can change your life,
This is the horrible promise
of natural (and other) disasters.
the damage assessment,
the clean up,
It’s easier with help from
Seems like a metaphor for life in general.
(If you’d like a way to help hurricane and earthquake survivors,
there are many. Here is one that has been prepared and is already
on the scene. https://pda.pcusa.org/)