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A Tornado

Updated on April 12, 2013

On April 10th, 2013 my hometown where I lived for 30 years, was struck by a tornado. The past two nights I can’t sleep because I keep thinking about all of our friends and family that still live there. I keep imagining the terror they felt as the storm tore through the neighborhood. Thoughts of what we as a family can do to help those affected by the storm keep running through my head. I decided that in honor of National Poetry Month, I would write a poem based on my friend’s experience that night.

The tornado siren is blaring

The kids are staring

What should we do

I’m scared are you

One, two, three, four

Children downstairs as the wind shakes the door

The baby is just two months old

I’m afraid I won’t have a strong hold

I strap her to me in her baby carrier

This could not be any more scarier

Finally, it comes to a stop

I wonder what it looks like up top

Some toys are thrown

Our shed was blown

I’m just grateful we are all OK!!!

Fortunately, there were no casualties during the storm. However, we lost one of our linemen today as he was restoring power. My thoughts and prayers go out to the lineman’s family and friends. Also, to everyone impacted by the storm as they work to rebuild the community!


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    • stephanieb27 profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago from United States

      Thanks so much, teaches12345!! :)

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      Dianna Mendez 

      5 years ago

      So sorry for the family that lost their loved one in this storm. I remember the tornadoes we experienced when we lived in the midwest. They are powerful and can be terrifying to endure. Glad you are safe and doing well. Blessings.

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      5 years ago from United States

      Billybuc, thank you so much! An elderly couple from our former Church had a tree uprooted and thrown through their roof into their bedroom. Luckily, they were making their way downstairs as it happened.

      Kidscrafts, thank you so much! I agree, very frightening!!

      Amy, so glad to hear you too are safe!!!!! My family and I moved to St. Charles county two years ago but we both grew up in Hazelwood. My mom and I drove up there yesterday, MASSIVE trees completely uprooted! Had to laugh about your weather comment, so true!! :)

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      Amy Becherer 

      5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      I was at my computer when the St. Louis tornados hit St. Louis Hills, Stephanie, basically across the street. The sirens were blaring a warning that kept me and my rescue pup away from the windows. Though 2' diameter trees were downed, roofs torn off nearby, a garage left in rubbles in a neighbors yard, everyone but the unfortunate, 50 year old, AmerenUE lineman lived to talk about this scary event. With portions of MO declared a disaster area, many are displaced, but remarkably, the immediate injuries inflicted by this storm were minor. And, while the temperature climbed to the low 80's that day, tomorrow morning may see another frost! The adage said often about St. Louis weather as 'never boring' with "stick around, it will change in a minute" is not an exaggeration. I'm glad your family and friends came through the F2 tornado with flying colors.

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      5 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      Tonardoes are so powerful and we as so little compare to that huge force!

      It must be frightening to live throught that!

      I am glad that all your family and your friends are fine. I am really sorry for the gentleman who lost his life restoring power.

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      Bill Holland 

      5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I'm glad your family is alright, Steph! They are frightening for sure. My family's hometown of Charles City, Iowa, was leveled back in the 60's and I remember how sad they all were.


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