Tornado Warnings-Poetry

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Lightening flashing

Darkened, ominous sky

Lightening flashing

Thunder clapping

Wind whistling, signaling close by

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Trees swaying

Limbs falling

Sirens blaring

TV blank, audio ceased playing

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Basement welcoming me

Heading for safety

Stationary bike beckoning

Pushing pedals, counting one-two-three

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TV image and audio reappeared

Warnings over

Living room inviting

Message, all clear, released emotion of fear.

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billybuc 10 months ago from Olympia, WA

I can't imagine. I never will imagine. I much prefer the relative safety of the Pacific Northwest. Stay safe, my friend....oh yes, I liked this...so much emotion wrapped up in so few words.


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Jodah 10 months ago from Queensland Australia

Is this something you have been experiencing recently, Ruby? A very descriptive short poem. Well done.


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manatita44 10 months ago from london

Succintly done, Ruby, if that's the word. You've put it all together so neatly; so vividly! I felt for you! Stay safe. Best wishes.


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lovemychris 10 months ago from Cape Cod, USA

Living in Illinois as a kid, we had many tornado warnings. My mom would always make us butter and sugar sandwiches as we waited out the warning....you reminded me exactly what it was like!


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Ericdierker 10 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

Wow that was great. You had me right there.


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always exploring 10 months ago from Southern Illinois Author

I will be back to reply to each comment. I have an appointment in Evansville today. I will say that we really did have tornado warnings last evening.


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always exploring 10 months ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Bill. The warnings were over around ten PM. They were saying on TV that the storms were moving toward Ky. I haven't heard of any damage. It was 60 degrees here in Il. yesterday, much too hot for Feb. I guess the only reason I live here is because I was born here and have family that lives here, believe me I would love living where the tornados do not hit. I am glad to have a basement where I feel safer. Thank you so much..


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always exploring 10 months ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello John. Yes this all happened last evening. The warnings ended around ten PM and was going toward Ky. I haven't heard about any damage. It was sixty degrees here and that's what happens when the hot air mixes with the cold .Of course it gave me a reason for writing poetry. Hee. Thank you..


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always exploring 10 months ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello manatita. It was a worrisome evening. Tornados scare me, but it gave me an opportunity to write. I love that I have a basement to go to. Thank you for coming. Best wishes back at cha..


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Genna East 10 months ago from Massachusetts, USA

Ruby, your poem captures perfectly the split-second reaction to something this terrible, and how quickly one has to respond to remove themselves from possible harm, along with the flashes of lightening and wind gusts. "Pushing pedals counting 1,2,3.." These things hit so quickly and are gone just as fast, leaving devastation behind. Our only link to the outside world is technology -- be it TV, audio, etc. Very well done. And the music is perfect. :-)


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clivewilliams 10 months ago from Nibiru

nice one ruby, never had that experience though


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marcoujor 10 months ago from Jeffersonville PA

"Don't let the sound of your own (stationary bike) wheels make you crazy," sweet Ruby... :)

Stay safe and 'take it easy'. Love you, mar


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DDE 10 months ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

Wow! I never had that experience. On Saturday night we felt a tremor and that stunned me.


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always exploring 10 months ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello lovemychris. When my son was growing up we lived in Missouri. We had a storm cellar and I had it stocked with non perishable snacks. It was like a picnic in a way. Missouri had more tornados than we do here in Il. The butter and sugar sandwiches made me smile, what a great way to lessen the stress. Thank you for adding your story to this piece,


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lovemychris 10 months ago from Cape Cod, USA

Youre very welcome :-)


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Frank Atanacio 10 months ago from Shelton

wow what a whirlwind of words Always... love the idea too :)


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always exploring 10 months ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Eric. I'm glad you felt like you were right there. Thank you for telling me.


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always exploring 10 months ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Genna. Anytime the weather is as warm as it was that day, we look for severe weather. It was sixty degrees. I was watching TV when the weatherman broke in with the warnings and just as quick it started to blow. We had a beautiful day today. I'm glad you enjoyed the video, one of my favorite songs. Thank you for continued support, no matter the subject. Hugs..


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always exploring 10 months ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Clive. I guess you don't have tornados on your planet Nibiru? Lucky you. Thank you for coming. Did you come via a rocket? Hee.


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always exploring 10 months ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Mar. Your comments are so much fun to read. The music is in your head and I love when you visit. Thank you dear friend of mine. Hugs..


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always exploring 10 months ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello DDE. I have never felt a tremor, but we're supposed to have a big one someday. Glad you do not have tornados in your part of the world. Thank you for your faithful support.


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always exploring 10 months ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello lovemychris. Thank you for returning to comment on my remark. Cheers!


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always exploring 10 months ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Frank. Whirlwind is a perfect metaphor for this piece. Thank you!


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annart 10 months ago from SW England

I can taste the fear! I can't imagine what it must be like and I hope never to find out. The elements can do awful and awesome things.

Great poem, so well crafted.

Ann


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always exploring 10 months ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Ann. It is that time of year for storms here. Thank goodness it didn't happen. Thank you for the ' well crafted ' comment.


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mckbirdbks 10 months ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

Hello Ruby - I am sure I would be white knuckled over a tornado warning. Your poem captured that feeling of helplessness so well.


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always exploring 10 months ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Mike. The warnings always put me in high alert mode. My mother was terribly afraid of storms and I think that's why I am too. I remember seeing her walk the floor wringing her hands. Thank you for supporting my work, no matter the subject. I appreciate you!


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fpherj48 10 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

Ruby....WHEW!! That was a scary warning! Good thing you acted quickly!! LOL. I'm not fond of storms myself, so I know the fear it can instill.

You do nice work Ruby. Your Poetry says so much.....Have a great week-end. Peace, Paula


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Shyron E Shenko 10 months ago

how fantastic Ruby, you explained this real calm before the storm. I am glad you are safe.

Blessings and hugs.


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always exploring 10 months ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Paula. You would never know I had that scare today. It is beautiful, sun shinning brightly and around 50 degrees. I'm thrilled that you like my poetry. Thank you so much...


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always exploring 10 months ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Shyron. I always head for the basement when there's a tornado warning. I guess I shouldn't complain, it gave me something to write about. Thank you for coming. I appreciate you...Hugs and blessings.


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Gypsy Rose Lee 10 months ago from Riga, Latvia

Most emotional poetry. Thanks for the tornado warnings.


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always exploring 10 months ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Rasma. Happy you found this emotional. Thank you for coming.


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bravewarrior 10 months ago from Central Florida

Extreme storms can be very frightening. Yet you still managed to put some humor into this. The stationary bike beckoning reminds me of my mini stair stepper that I keep stepping over!

Be safe, Ruby.


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always exploring 10 months ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Shauna. HaHa. Stepping over the mini stair stepper. Today we have snow on the ground and it was 15 degrees this morning. burr. Central Florida sounds wonderful! Thank you much...


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bravewarrior 10 months ago from Central Florida

It's been cold and very wind here, Ruby. Thirties and forties in the morning, with highs of 60. That might sound like a heat wave to much of the nation, but it's cold here, especially when the winds are flying with a vengeance!


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always exploring 10 months ago from Southern Illinois Author

It got cold when I used to go to Leesburg, Fla. for the winter months but nothing like this. It has been a funny year all over. The wind is what I dislike the most. 60 sounds wonderful but too cold when you live there. Stay safe and warm....


Tammy 9 months ago

Yet another great story


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always exploring 9 months ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hi Tammy. Always good to see you on my page. Hugs..

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    I am a writer of poetry and fiction. I especially love flash fiction. My name is Ruby, and I live in Southern Illinois. I am a retired R.N.


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