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Updated on November 4, 2014

By: Wayne Brown

Trouble’s a-brewin’ on a strong south wind

It’s hurricane season on the Gulf again

Dark storms born of the African wind host

Roll across distant waters to batter the coast


The storm’s getting closer; feel it in the wind

It won’t be long before the rains will begin

Then comes the winds stronger as they blow

It’s a familiar pattern coastal folks know


The stores are selling out all essential goods

Folks buying water, groceries, and plywood

Some will stay here and ride the storm’s wrath

Others will leave and follow a northerly path


Plywood on the windows; homes locked down

This place is looking like an abandoned town

The storm don’t care whether we are here or not

It’s comin’ on shore and it has chosen this spot


We take what we can along with us as we leave

The things we can’t take leave us to grieve

Our loved ones out in the old town cemetery

And the livestock animals too big to carry


Hurricanes kill and destroy what we had

Wind and water working to do something bad

Leaving nothing but destruction in its wake

With no caring for the memories that it takes


The rains is blistering driven by wind in sheets

The wave surge height will be measured in feet

The winds will blow with velocity’s might

Until the eye passes sometimes in the night


We hide away from the wrath of storm’s landfall

Heeding the warnings and answering the call

In a matter of hours the storm will be a has-been

And we can return home to start life once again


It’s a dance of life for those folks who live here

Day to day living in a stormy season of fear

Watching each one blow; its path dart about

Praying to God that it will blow itself out


Some say that we should leave; just move away

But there’s good things here, getting better by the day

Yes it is a big world out there with places to roam

But when the storm is over, this is still our home.



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      Wayne Brown 6 years ago from Texas

      @epigramman...Thanks so much, Colin. Our trip was quite good and I did give that youngun' a kiss and a happy birthday for you. She is a little sweetheart who knows how to push the buttons! LOL! WB

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      epigramman 6 years ago

      ...well you certainly write like a hurricane Mister B - you always have and you always will .....and how was your road trip (in the air) to see your lovely granddaughter - did you wish her happy birthday from the epi-man?

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      Wayne Brown 6 years ago from Texas describe the images I wanted to create for the reader, Ken. Thanks for the great comments. WB

      @MindyJGirl...More beautiful in words than experience! WB

      @samiaali....Thank you ....So glad you liked it! WB

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      samiaali 6 years ago

      This was very beautiful WB. I loved the ending! :)

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      Mindy 6 years ago from Cottage Grove, Oregon

      Whew, I am so glad we don't get those here in Oregon. loved the Hub!

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      saddlerider1 6 years ago

      Wonderful imagery, I could hear the distant thunder and feel the chilling wind and rain as it sweeps across the state and farmlands. I have driven these storms with 18 wheelers and had to pull in and park and await it's passing. Wonderful scribe my friend, I felt it all in my bones.

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      Wayne Brown 6 years ago from Texas

      @Fay Paxton...Well I certainly need a lot more fans like you! LOL! When I started writing poetry I felt that it should be straight forward and tell a story...let that be the beauty of it. I think that has worked well for me in that so many are familiar with the things that I write about. Given that fact, they relate to the verse easily. It's a simple formula. Check out "Simple Man" and "Gravedigger's Ode". WB

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      Fay Paxton 6 years ago

      You are a master of poetry. Then after you've wowed us with such spendid verse, you choose the perfect video.


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      Wayne Brown 6 years ago from Texas

      @Truckstop Sally...Hey, I said it too...check my comments. Even Eskimos like the north pole! LOL! WB

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      Truckstop Sally 6 years ago

      Is it possible for one (you) to be too realistic?

      I guess people stay because like breakfastpop said -- there is no place like home. But wouldn't Dorothy move if Toto would come too??

      Luckily, it has been a mild year here along the coast. There is similar devestation with tsunamis, volcanoes . . . Mother Earth deserves lots of respect!!

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      Kelly Umphenour 6 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      No thanks for writing so well and keeping this Yankee coming back for more:-)

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      Wayne Brown 6 years ago from Texas

      @cjv123...If I could explain it, I would send you detailed instructions. As I am always saying, I just wanted to play the guitar well but God apparently had other just took me a lot of years to get it my mind right! Thanks so Carol! WB

      @RealHousewife...To quote Elvis...thank ya, thank ya very much! WB

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      Kelly Umphenour 6 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      Ok you don't have to try any harder - you are a natural born brilliant writer (and from Texas too)! I just gotta love it!

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      Carol 6 years ago from Michigan

      It still astounds me how you can tell a great story and paint a canvas with words no less words that rhyme!

      Voted up, awesome and other great stuff!

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      Wayne Brown 6 years ago from Texas

      @RealHousewife...Well, I guess there is value in being a "lemonade stand poet". I just try to put the image on the canvas...using words rather than paint...but the principle is the same. Thanks so much for all those good, good words of praise. I will try hard to earn them! WB

      @Kindacrazy...Did it just "blow you away!"? LOL! Thanks much! WB

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      Kindacrazy 6 years ago from Tennessee

      WOW, you had me "right there"....great, Wayne.

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      Kelly Umphenour 6 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      Wayne - you just are awesome! Just - oohhh I can't even come up with a good enough word to describe your talent:). Up and awesome!

      The really weird thing is - we had no power for a couple of hours here last night - tornado sirens - 70 mph winds - and I wake up to read this!!

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      Wayne Brown 6 years ago from Texas

      @speedbird...And so it is that folks will always return to the place they have called matter the misery, no matter the's just a natural fact of life. Thanks much for the read the comment. WB

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      speedbird 6 years ago from Nairobi, Kenya

      I like this part ' when the storm is over it will be still our home'. Very true!

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      Wayne Brown 6 years ago from Texas

      @A.A. Zavala...You are so correct. We usually get a lot of the wind and rain especially when there is a strong one. I lived in central Mississippi back in '69 when Camille hit the gulf coast and we got slammed pretty hard while being three hours to the north. Thanks for the read! WB

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      Wayne Brown 6 years ago from Texas

      @caltex...Thank so much for those kind words. I get lucky at times! LOL! And yes...that is the best of part of the season! WB

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      Augustine A Zavala 6 years ago from Texas

      Hurricanes are a dark and destructive force. Even living in north Texas like we do doesn't shield us from the after effects. Thanks for sharing.

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      caltex 6 years ago

      Awesome poem! I lived through hurricanes Katrina and Ike, but I could not have described them any better, let alone write a poem about them.

      Wayne, I see you've been to my homeland. The hurricanes here do bring back memories from back home. I still remember how I actually liked the typhoon season - especially as soon as it is declared "no classes". :)

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      Wayne Brown 6 years ago from Texas

      @SilverGenes...Great! So glad! WB

      @Pamela99...Thank you. I lived through the eye of a typhoon n the Philipines, so I guess it is the same thing. So glad you liked it! WB

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      Pamela Oglesby 6 years ago from United States

      Your poem really described the hurricane and made it feel so real. Living on the coast of Florida hurricanes are something to be respected and feared and I felt you captured all of that in your poem. Voted/rated up.

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      SilverGenes 6 years ago

      Hi Wayne - Yes, it's working for me now, too.

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      Wayne Brown 6 years ago from Texas

      @dahoglund...Thanks DA..appreciate the read. WB

      @WillStarr...One of the many good things about living in Arizona! LOL! WB

      @SilverGenes...Glad it was descriptive for you. I have lived close but never had to ride one out down on the coast. The link should be working...others are getting it. WB

      @SuzieCat7...Hey, glad you liked it! WB is an experience worth just taking others word for it! LOL! WB

      @breakfastpop...Yes, Poppy, even the North Pole is home to somebody! WB

      @Genna East...They really turn worlds upside down but it must be worth it for some. WB

      @drbj...Wooo, you should have written this poem! LOL! WB

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      drbj and sherry 6 years ago from south Florida

      I have survived several powerful hurricanes while living in south Florida and I do not recommend the experience. Huddling in your home's hallway where there are no windows to break (storm shutters or not) is a devastating event. The roar of the hurricane, close and personal, sounds like a speeding train bearing down on you.

      Your poetry, Wayne, was powerful and much too accurate.

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      Genna East 6 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Thankfully, we haven't had a hurricane here for quite some time. Their fierce beauty and destructive power is devastating. The music you choose with your wonderful words are always perfect in their blending. Loved this one; voted up and awesome.

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      breakfastpop 6 years ago

      Love this Wayne. I guess there is no place like home. Up and awesome and beautiful.

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      Annette Donaldson 6 years ago from Northern Ireland

      beautiful Wayne. I have never experienced a hurricane and from what you describe, I don't ever want to. Tense, with hidden depths of description, I was just there with you.

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      suziecat7 6 years ago from Asheville, NC

      Great poem - you captured the drama of the impending storm.

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      SilverGenes 6 years ago

      You've captured every detail, right down to the farm animals left behind. I couldn't get the video to work though - it just tells me an error occurred so not sure what end that error is on.

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      WillStarr 6 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      Well done Wayne! I could hear the shrieking of the wind and smell the rain!

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      Don A. Hoglund 6 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

      Very descriptive.