The satellite image of Charley landing on Sanibel and Captiva, Aug. 13, 2004. NOAA image
The satellite image of Charley landing on Sanibel and Captiva, Aug. 13, 2004. NOAA image

EDITOR'S NOTE: Today, Aug. 13, 2014, is the 10th anniversary of the day Hurricane Charley suddenly gained strength, turned right and slammed into the Barrier Islands with dramatic results.

The Santiva Chronicle's Hurricane Charley Virtual Museum is now open. One of the centerpieces of the Virtual Museum is 'Sanibel Facelift' by the Santiva Chronicle's very accomplished poet Lorraine Walker Williams. Rather than pen another word, we give the floor to Lorraine, because nobody says it better than Lorraine.

Sanibel Face Lift
After Hurricane Charley, August 13, 2004

Dr. Charley, was a ragin’ surgeon,

resculpted trees with dermabrasion,

erasing lines from Australian pines,

his liposuction worked quite fine.


Wrinkled trunks and crinkled leaves

were lasered away in Charley’s breeze.

Stump grindin’ smooth those surface bumps,

bulldozers plumped those trees in clumps.


A chemical peel takes way too long,

poisons the environment, much too strong.

Alligator skin, botox smooth,

flew through the air, that witch could move.


Scars to heal, a disaster take-over,

more than cosmetic, an island makeover.

Beyond those drastic nips and tucks,

this face-lift cost some really big bucks.


No one wanted to endure the pain,

but our island’s healin’, lookin’ good again.

Dr. Charley, the truth’s emergin’,

You’re one badass hurricane surgeon!

             Lorraine Walker Williams

Sanibel News PoetryLorraine Walker Williams Author of Split Poems (Kelsay Books 2014), Fire in the Grass, Paradise Found and Near Water, and Creator and Chair Emeritus of ArtPoems, has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize twice. She has read and recorded her work at the Library of Congress. Literary Artist of the Year 2009 at The Alliance for the Arts, Lorraine has received first prize awards from Gulf Coast Coast Writers, Sanibel Writers Conference, National League of American Pen Women and Artists Embassy International, San Francisco. Lorraine's poems appear each Thursday in the Santiva Chronicle.