Hail, Hale and what the …?

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Deep South Texas is not known for significant Hail Storms but on March 29, 2012, the Rio Grande Valley of Texas received one of the most significant Hail Storms ever. This storm was also accompanied by two small tornadoes and severe thunder storms with winds of over 70 mph. This poem is dedicated to all those who went through that event and those of us currently working the area as adjusters.

Hail Storm RGV, Texas March 29, 2012

Hail Storm in McAllen, TX March 29, 2012
Hail Storm in McAllen, TX March 29, 2012 | Source
Artist conception of Hail fire
Artist conception of Hail fire
Hail four feet deep in some areas
Hail four feet deep in some areas

Hail was everywhere

Hail, hail, hail

Everywhere hail

On the ground,

On cars, houses and all around

The hail to earth it fell

The hail fell cold and bold

A story from deep South Texas

Now told

Not hot,

Like the other hell

Nor falling hell fire

But round, ice cold hail

Dime size, pea size

Golf ball hail;

The hail fell

Up to four feet,

The hail fell

On the jail house it fell

Even Church walls,

Were scaled by hail

So very much hail;

People did yell,

“What the . . . ?”

Severe Hailed Damaged Roof of Total Loss Vehicle
Severe Hailed Damaged Roof of Total Loss Vehicle | Source
Temperature
Temperature

So very hot

Too much hail

So now they sing,

*Hale, hale

The gang’s all here

Adjusters, roofers,

Contractors,

Clean up crews too

But it is hot, so very hot

Hot like hell

Now people say

“What the . . .?”

All that #%&@ hail

It took my roof,

My house has no top

And my A/C has stopped

It’s hot as hell

Caused by all that hail

My cars, my things

All damaged or gone

Why did it happen?

They say;

It’s all so wrong

That #%&@ hail

It hurts and stings;

Hail was like snow everywhere
Hail was like snow everywhere
Hell.....frozen over?
Hell.....frozen over?

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An adjuster I am as well

Yet for this poet

An unemployed

**Adjuster,

Ah, surely you know it;

Oh say can you see

Of this great hail storm

I sing,

Hale, Hale, Hale

To the creator of Hail

He has heard and answered

The prayers of employment

I did yell

As nightly

To my aged knees

I fell

To some

I am sure;

My prayer for work

Will label me jerk

So please,

Your tolerance I beg

If this Hail

Brought you hell

Accept my apology

For me,

I must give thanks

As my finances were tanked

So again I yell,

Hale, hale

To the Creator of Hail

To the one who sent the Hail

Hale to His might and majesty

As once again,

He has saved me from Hell

©Copyright 2012 by Dr. Lee Outlaw, Lee W. Outlaw III and Drtruthman. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this author and/or owner is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used for re-distribution, provided that full and clear credit is given to Dr. Lee Outlaw, Lee W. Outlaw III and Drtruthman with appropriate and specific direction to the original content. All rights reserved. Any violation or infringement of this copyright notice will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.

*Evolution of Hail and Hale

It should be noted that although these two words are normally used separately, they have become increasingly interchangable. It is understood by this writer that the use of Hale is normally reserved for regal or royal usage in honor of a state or noble dignitary and Hail used primarily today for the weather phenomenon of a hail storm with a secondary usage used for honor of non dignitaries. The inter-change of these two words is utilized here for literary effect.

Disclosure:

In full disclosure, this writer is an active Texas All Lines Free lance Independent Insurance Adjuster.

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BlossomSB 4 years ago from Victoria, Australia

That must have been some storm. Glad you survived, hoped your home, car, etc. did, too.


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Drtruthman 4 years ago from Harlingen, Texas Author

Thanks Michele. Yes I am very well, thank God this will bring me more money. Thanks for liking the poem and voting UP also. God bless, Lee


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Michele Travis 4 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio

Wow, what a poem. Thank God you are well. I am also amazed you made such a good poem about it. Voted up again!


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Drtruthman 4 years ago from Harlingen, Texas Author

Thanks Christy, hope you weren't hurt. Thanks for the read, comment and vote. Lee


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ChristyWrites 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

Yes I have been through a hail storm. The golf-size bits can hurt! I'm glad you made it through! I vote up and 'interesting' and 'beautiful'.


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Drtruthman 4 years ago from Harlingen, Texas Author

Thanks so much teaches12345. I do appreciate the read and comment and glad I got through it too. Praise God for the work. Happy Easter and God bless.


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Drtruthman 4 years ago from Harlingen, Texas Author

Thanks Debbie, I appreciate the read and the comment. Hope you are doing well. You have a Happy Easter too.

God bless. Lee


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Deborah Brooks 4 years ago from Brownsville,TX

Hale Hale the Adjuster is here.. love your poem.. Happy Easter to you

Debbie


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teaches12345 4 years ago

We witnessed all the storm activity on the news and It was pretty scary looking. Your photos show some amazing hail effects. Glad you made it through, thank God.


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Drtruthman 4 years ago from Harlingen, Texas Author

Yes, very true about DFW, I lived there twice and have worked hail storms several times there. Here it was pretty strange but again, thank God for the work. I hate it for the population but I am glad for the work. Thanks so much for your reading and comment. Lee


femmeflashpoint 4 years ago

DrTruthman,

Wow! We had a mess here in DFW, with softball-sized hail. But, thankfully, somehow, it missed my neighborhood.

Here, hail isn't so unusual. But, down your way, it's so strange to see hail-piles with palm trees in the background.

Glad you made it through the storm safely!

femme

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