A Long Night and a Tornado

Sleeping Two Year Old


Tornado Sirens All Around

©LaDena Campbell aka justateacher

This poem was written while waiting for my husband and daughter to return from their trip to make sure everyone was okay. A tornado had just hit our city just a quarter mile away from our home. Thank God, no deaths have been reported in Kansas at this time. Please pray for those who lost homes and businesses...

In a darkened basement

Sitting all alone

With a sleeping two year old

And a dead telephone

In the eerie silence

I hear sirens all around

I bend over the two year old

To shield him from the sound

I want to get out and examine the damage

I can’t leave because of the two year old

I am getting claustrophobic

I try again to just be bold

Even the wind has silenced

I listen carefully to see what I hear

Look at the sleeping two year old

Pick him up and hold him near

I don’t know how long

That I need to stay where I am at

I am almost too scared to move

With the two year old on my lap…

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billybuc 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

There may be no more frightening force of nature than a tornado. I have seen one from several miles away and not being accustomed to them I can say without doubt that it terrified me. I am so happy that you and your family are well and unharmed.

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cleaner3 4 years ago from Pueblo, Colorado

A great poem about a terrifying circumstance that shows fear and hope and caring.

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justateacher 4 years ago from Somewhere Over The Rainbow - Near Oz... Author

Thank you cleaner3 -it was a very terrifying night last night...

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teaches12345 4 years ago

Thank God you didn't suffer any harm. I see that the area is expecting more weather today. I have been there and experienced tornado damage. Your poem describes all the emotion that comes upon you during this time. Keep safe!

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justateacher 4 years ago from Somewhere Over The Rainbow - Near Oz... Author

teaches- yes I thank God! It could have been much worse! thank you for your comments! (Hopefully the weather stays away today!)

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KathyH 4 years ago from Las Vegas, Nevada

I sure hope the weather gets better there SOON. Tornado's are so scary, you explained the emotions perfectly! SO glad you and your family are safe. :)

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whonunuwho 4 years ago from United States

Thanks for sharing your thoughts, I pray for us all in the days ahead and that our good Lord keeps us safe.

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thebookmom 4 years ago from Nebraska

Your poems are amazing, I love reading them all. So glad you and your family are safe.

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justateacher 4 years ago from Somewhere Over The Rainbow - Near Oz... Author

thank you thebookmom - I am glad we are safe, too!

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anndavis25 4 years ago from Clearwater, Fl.

I know that had to be frightening. Glad you are safe. God Bless. AD

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