We Aren't In Kansas Anymore

Prophetic prediction?

Mimetic memory?

Have I lived this

In forgotten past

Or will it come

shortly to pass?


I desperately sought shelter

Behind translucent walls

Protection, an illusion

Facing swirling masses

Stalking the night, and

Though random, It appeared

I know ‘twas seeking fear

Unexpected, it arrived

Without a trace of warning

As it contrived above me

My mind was racing

Images of family

Whom I’d never see again

Regret was thick

around me and within

As I fled to the hills

And watched the winds change

Directions and intent

Static dripped from the air

Silent, but crawling throughout

My skin and blurring vision

The shape and shade

And form and aura

Contorting and conforming

As such dictated

By atmosphere and sky



Comments 17 comments

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BeyondMax 4 years ago from Sydney, Australia

Quite scary stuff, incredibly vivid, I wouldn't want to be in the middle of that!


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C.S.Alexis 5 years ago from NW Indiana

You are working magic with your words


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Sharyn's Slant 5 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

Hi Benny,

Gosh, kinda felt like I was there. The 65 mph winds here were bad enough. I just can't imagine all the devastation. I hope you and you family are ok.


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Bumpsysmum 5 years ago from Cambridgeshire

I've seen the tornadoes on our news, terrifying. You really caught the fear and horror here. Very well put together, your work is different to my usual choice but I find it enthralling :-)


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always exploring 5 years ago from Southern Illinois

Wow..Run for the hills..Very real. Thank's


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BenWritings 5 years ago from Save me from, Tennessee Author

doug - Oh man it was crazy

h.a - haha thanks bro

4elements - It was scary as hell. thanks


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4elements 5 years ago

almost made me want to cover my head, lol, greatly written.


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h.a.chauhdary 5 years ago from Australia

nice!!


Doug Turner Jr. 5 years ago

"Static dripped from the air" --

I could picture that s*!t.


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BenWritings 5 years ago from Save me from, Tennessee Author

thanks Lizzybeth. Yeah well this is highly unusual, unprecedented stuff.


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Elizabeth99 5 years ago from Milwaukee, WI

Tornadoes are pretty freaky, yet from a safe distance they are amazing. Mother nature ceases to amaze. Wonderful poem Ben :) Those feelings are hard to describe but you did an amazing job.


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BenWritings 5 years ago from Save me from, Tennessee Author

Phoenix - I DID take cover, 5 times

Randy - well, I mean, it was very surreal. We have never seen anything like this before. This is total devastation. Thank you

mck - thanks for commenting, I cherish the few I still get ;]

acer - that's AWESOME man :]

wayne - I rly appreciate the read/comment


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Wayne Brown 5 years ago from Texas

Nice use of those words and a great pace. Nice work! WB


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Mentalist acer 5 years ago from A Voice in your Mind!

Ben,you are my favorite naturalist in poetic form.;)


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mckbirdbks 5 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

Perhaps you write of the winds of change. Again, your work is excellent.


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Randy Behavior 5 years ago from Near the Ocean

That's what I'm talking about! I'm one of those sick people that actually likes natural disasters and near misses. They make you feel alive and make you reprioritize. They make people work together and stop and help their neighbor. It sounds like this tornado did that for you.


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Poohgranma 5 years ago from On the edge

I felt like I wanted to head for cover while reading this and after so I'd say that's an Up and Awesome in anyone's rating book!

Good to see you too youngin!

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