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as a displaced superstorm victim and an elderly person and a guest of the great state of Oklahoma. Really there was not enough space for them all, and the cameraman was relegated to the back of the van to sit on a piece of equipment that looked like it should probably not be sat on, but he said it was comfortable enough. Thomas rode in the passenger’s seat beside the black-haired anchorman, who was accustomed to driving in Oklahoma and paid very little attention to his speed except for the first few miles, where the roads were still choked with branches and fenceposts and glass and anything else the storm had seen fit to obliterate. Whenever they passed someone standing in a front yard foraging for lost shingles or at the edge of a field cradling an armful of mangled crops, he turned to Thomas and said My God. My God. And shook his head. “Where are you from, anyways?” asked the cameraman when he got bored. “Virginia.” “The East Coast? What’re you doing out here, from Virginia? You got family?” “No,” Thomas said. It was quiet until they came to a sallow clapboard church shaped like a child’s drawing, with a square base and an equilateral roof marked, at its vertex, by a cross. None of the lines were quite straight, the walls vaguely sunken like papier-maché, the cross-beam of the steeple nailed at a barely diagonal bias, but the picture was there. In the cemetery, two men with chainsaws worked at a fallen oak. They severed the limbs at the joint and stacked them up one by one in the bed of a pickup truck to clear the debris away from the graves. It was a tremendous tree, probably older than the church itself, but together they were already halfway through it. My God.

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Ivy Leaves Journal of Literature & Art — Vol 93  

The Ivy Leaves Journal of Literature & Art is an annual student publication at Anderson University in Anderson, SC. The journal has served a...

Ivy Leaves Journal of Literature & Art — Vol 93  

The Ivy Leaves Journal of Literature & Art is an annual student publication at Anderson University in Anderson, SC. The journal has served a...

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