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Nature's Fury

Updated on October 6, 2014

By: Wayne Brown

Cumulonimbus giants percolating in the blue sky fleece

Boiling water vapor readying for the wet release

There’s a storm growing in the heat, coming cross the plain

Riding on the winds preparing to release its hail and rain


The giants tower overhead unleashing a thundered-clapping fury

Churning, thrusting slowly steadily advancing, no particular hurry

Thunder marking their proximity, thunder issued forth to warn

Sirens sound their call, lightning flashes, the sound of a distant horn



Dark and sinister the sky is turning draped in all this power

Wind, hail, and sheets of rain will pour down for an hour

Sky turns an eerie greenish-tint, signaling the storm’s peak

Lightning, thunder, flashing,  shelter you must quickly seek



Blowing, twisting, ripping winds come forth with no bounds

Twister forms within the storm descents on to the grounds

Tearing shingles from the roof, sweeping foundation bare

Twisting, swirling,  shoving, wrecking all that is there



Twisters disappearing as fast as they so quickly spurned

Leaving wreckage in the aftermath, no stone left unturned

Storms move on their march to the next new frontier

Sending out their thunderous warning all new to hear



The storm receding, the rain it stops, the quiet suddenly here

The ravaged lies all about, in all directions, wreckage and fear

The quiet grows and grows and the dark quickly turns to bright

Mother Nature shifts her moods again from dark unto light



People huddled about in fear rise from their source of shelter

Their possessions are tossed about, their lives are helter-skelter

Slowly they begin to pick up salvaging precious from the fray

Trying to stop their hands that tremble, falling on knees to pray



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      Wayne Brown 5 years ago from Texas

      @sgbrown...I grew up in the south and tornadoes were a familiar occurrence. There were many stormy nights that I wondered if one would take us away. Thanks for the good words and comments. WB

      @moonlake...Check and see if there is a mobile home park near where it hit. There is a theory that tornadoes are attracted by mobile homes though it has not yet been proven scientifically. All too often they strike mobile home parks or close to one. Thanks much! WB

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      moonlake 5 years ago from America

      Enjoyed this I'm scared to death of tornadoes. We had one of those last night. I hit on the other side of town from us. Did little damage and no one was hurt. Voted up and more.

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      Sheila Brown 5 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

      Wonderful piece! Being in Oklahoma, I have seen my share as well. They are always scary, but in a way exciting too. The picture is awesome! Voted up and more! I am including a link to this in my "tornado" hub too! Great job!

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      Wayne Brown 7 years ago from Texas

      @CYBERSUPE...Thanks man! The violence of those babies is hard to do justice to in word. Now I know why everyone just says "it sounded like a freight train!" Thanks for the read. WB

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      CYBERSUPE 7 years ago from MALVERN, PENNSYLVANIA, U.S.A.

      Yo Wayne,way to go buddy. Enjoyed this hub,

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      Wayne Brown 7 years ago from Texas

      @Pamela99...I grew up in tornado country down south and saw some big storms in west Texas but I was not sure that I could do the subject it just due in poem...folks seem to like it so maybe I underestimated my ability here. Thank you for reading it! WB

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      Pamela Oglesby 7 years ago from United States

      Scary picture and an excellent poem to describe its fury.

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      Wayne Brown 7 years ago from Texas

      @SR1...I did leave out the part about the mobile home park. You know scientist are working on the direct connection between the presence of double-wides and tornadoes showing up the area! WB

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      saddlerider1 7 years ago

      Amazing spooky picture for sure. If you look closely it looks like a beast sucking through his mouth everything in it's path. I have run into two tornadoes on my 18 wheeler runs through Kansas and Missouri. I had to stop under an over pass on the interstate. Quickly jumped out of my rig and ran up to lay under a concrete wall as the tornado went thundering through like a locomotive, damm that was a tense moment.

      Then in Missouri I saw a huge one coming across the farm land and I pulled into a truck stop, we all went into the basement. Fortunately it didn't pass over top us but to the side, but the wind and debris it swept up, left the truck stop a mess to clean up, had to move it before we could pull our rigs out to the interstate again.

      Thanks for the share Wayne, you captured the fury:0)

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      Wayne Brown 7 years ago from Texas

      @runAbstract...Thank you for those nice words. I was hoping that I could capture the event! WB

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      RunAbstract 7 years ago from USA

      Wonderful expression of a dramatic event! Very good reading.

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      Wayne Brown 7 years ago from Texas was probably one of those over-educated storm-chasers we have running around the highways up in Oklahoma. When they see a storm, they run toward it! Thanks for the read! (P.S....if you enjoyed the western story "Bushwhacked", then you might check out "Waco Bluffs"...that's another action-adventure but not a western). WB

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      SilverGenes 7 years ago

      Good read and the photo is excellent, though I have to wonder about the sanity of whoever took the time to shoot it. Scary stuff! And it's that time of year again here, too :)

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      Wayne Brown 7 years ago from Texas

      @bayoulady...I grew up about an hour outside Jackson and we saw our share. My favorite place for storms was West Texas...out around Abilene. You can watch them march across the plains there. WB

      @Bpop...Hopefully, I set the mood, Poppy! WB

      @50Cal...I'll bet you get some storm shows out there in those Arizona skies, 50! WB

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      50 Caliber 7 years ago from Arizona

      Aye and the wicked this way comes ^^^^^ 50

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      breakfastpop 7 years ago

      Great read and and an awesome picture.

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      bayoulady 7 years ago from Northern Louisiana,USA

      Whoooooo Wayne......You ole Mississippi boy! When I was a child I lived in Natchez MS for three years. HUMDINGER STORMS there!

      YEP. As far as major tornados,y'all got us whupped.

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      Wayne Brown 7 years ago from Texas

      @blackreign2012...Thanks much! The forces of weather were upon me! I appreciate the thumbs up! WB

      @bayoulady...No Maam....being an ol Mississippi boy, I have spent my share of nights huddled in fear of being blown away as I know folks in LA have as well. Thank you for the read and great words! WB

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      bayoulady 7 years ago from Northern Louisiana,USA

      Gets your pulse racing to read this....(LA is no stranger to tornados!)

      Rate it awesome!

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      blackreign2012 7 years ago

      That was a good piece and I liked the pic at the begining; rate up