Eyes of the Hurricane

On September 16, 2004, Hurricane Ivan roared ashore at Gulf Shores, Alabama, and ravaged the Gulf Coast, wreaking destruction and shredding lives from Florida to Mississippi. The eye of Ivan glanced upward from the Gulf of Mexico and on toward the small town of Magnolia Springs, where local, Roberto Acosta, planned to ride out the storm in his home.

Now, staying home during a hurricane is a dangerous and harrowing proposition, but, when the calm of Ivan's eye looked down, Roberto braved the moment, and encountered...a hummingbird...right there, in that brief respite from tropical chaos...a hummingbird...alive and flitting...

From there, Roberto's imagination took flight on those buzzing wings, envisioning that hummingbird as messenger for a tiny people in need of shelter during that storm, a people who would teach him of matters beyond hurricanes, even beyond life itself...