Taking Flight

Kranshoek resident KAYLIN KIETAS, 18, penned these words after CX Country’s recent fire disaster

By messages received ringing and vibrating through your hands, alerts were sent out, telling us to get ready: a storm is on its way. A rush went through our hearts as we were forwarding messages warning friends and loved ones, making sure they knew to get ready.
It was the new buzz on Weather news: “Western Cape about to experience a storm.” Our first instinct was to be safe and to protect ourselves and as many as we could, getting shelter for the homeless so that they didn’t sleep in the storm. We expected wind, rain, hail, even snow - but what came our way, we didn’t prepare for.
She came like a thief in the night, wanting to steal all of our belongings, filled with anger she moved from one point to another: a tsunami opening her mouth, taking a bite out of anything in her way.
The result of her anger filled the sky, causing a big darkness to fall over her prey. Like a lion’s roar, the sound she made bringing fear into their hearts, taking what belongs to them - all they have worked for, for many years.
Trapped inside her arms, she spread the flames around her prey - not to spread love, but wanting to choke the life out of those not knowing which way to go. She knew that she was winning.
Men dressed with light were fighting something stronger than themselves, having no mercy for her. Even though they lost some of their own, they never gave up: victory they were seeking, and victory they received.
As we walk past what she took away, we see pieces of memory, of what used to be someone’s childhood home where a little girl or boy took their first step or spoke their first word. But even though that is taken away from them, new adventures await, new memories to be made.
While we mourn the lives of those lost - they left the earth in peace, as they fought for what was theirs - we celebrate those spared, for God has a plan for your life. Although green grass and beautiful buildings were turned into piles of ash, hope is not to be lost.
What’s coming is even greater than before; communities finding unity is just a small portion of what is yet to come.
Knysna and Plett will be like a mother giving birth to greatness, an eagle taking flight and soaring with the wind, moving in unity, peace and victory. For that which came to destroy, gave us a new beginning.