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Tornado Warnings-Poetry

Updated on February 2, 2016
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I am a writer of poetry and fiction. I especially love flash fiction. My name is Ruby, and I live in Southern Illinois. I am a retired R.N.

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Lightening flashing

Darkened, ominous sky

Lightening flashing

Thunder clapping

Wind whistling, signaling close by

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Trees swaying

Limbs falling

Sirens blaring

TV blank, audio ceased playing

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Basement welcoming me

Heading for safety

Stationary bike beckoning

Pushing pedals, counting one-two-three

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TV image and audio reappeared

Warnings over

Living room inviting

Message, all clear, released emotion of fear.

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    • always exploring profile imageAUTHOR

      Ruby Jean Richert 

      2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hi Tammy. Always good to see you on my page. Hugs..

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      Tammy 

      2 years ago

      Yet another great story

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      It got cold when I used to go to Leesburg, Fla. for the winter months but nothing like this. It has been a funny year all over. The wind is what I dislike the most. 60 sounds wonderful but too cold when you live there. Stay safe and warm....

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      Shauna L Bowling 

      2 years ago from Central Florida

      It's been cold and very wind here, Ruby. Thirties and forties in the morning, with highs of 60. That might sound like a heat wave to much of the nation, but it's cold here, especially when the winds are flying with a vengeance!

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Shauna. HaHa. Stepping over the mini stair stepper. Today we have snow on the ground and it was 15 degrees this morning. burr. Central Florida sounds wonderful! Thank you much...

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      Shauna L Bowling 

      2 years ago from Central Florida

      Extreme storms can be very frightening. Yet you still managed to put some humor into this. The stationary bike beckoning reminds me of my mini stair stepper that I keep stepping over!

      Be safe, Ruby.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Rasma. Happy you found this emotional. Thank you for coming.

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 

      2 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Most emotional poetry. Thanks for the tornado warnings.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Shyron. I always head for the basement when there's a tornado warning. I guess I shouldn't complain, it gave me something to write about. Thank you for coming. I appreciate you...Hugs and blessings.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Paula. You would never know I had that scare today. It is beautiful, sun shinning brightly and around 50 degrees. I'm thrilled that you like my poetry. Thank you so much...

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      Shyron E Shenko 

      2 years ago from Texas

      how fantastic Ruby, you explained this real calm before the storm. I am glad you are safe.

      Blessings and hugs.

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      Paula 

      2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      Ruby....WHEW!! That was a scary warning! Good thing you acted quickly!! LOL. I'm not fond of storms myself, so I know the fear it can instill.

      You do nice work Ruby. Your Poetry says so much.....Have a great week-end. Peace, Paula

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Mike. The warnings always put me in high alert mode. My mother was terribly afraid of storms and I think that's why I am too. I remember seeing her walk the floor wringing her hands. Thank you for supporting my work, no matter the subject. I appreciate you!

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      mckbirdbks 

      2 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      Hello Ruby - I am sure I would be white knuckled over a tornado warning. Your poem captured that feeling of helplessness so well.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Ann. It is that time of year for storms here. Thank goodness it didn't happen. Thank you for the ' well crafted ' comment.

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      Ann Carr 

      2 years ago from SW England

      I can taste the fear! I can't imagine what it must be like and I hope never to find out. The elements can do awful and awesome things.

      Great poem, so well crafted.

      Ann

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Frank. Whirlwind is a perfect metaphor for this piece. Thank you!

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello lovemychris. Thank you for returning to comment on my remark. Cheers!

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello DDE. I have never felt a tremor, but we're supposed to have a big one someday. Glad you do not have tornados in your part of the world. Thank you for your faithful support.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Mar. Your comments are so much fun to read. The music is in your head and I love when you visit. Thank you dear friend of mine. Hugs..

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Clive. I guess you don't have tornados on your planet Nibiru? Lucky you. Thank you for coming. Did you come via a rocket? Hee.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Genna. Anytime the weather is as warm as it was that day, we look for severe weather. It was sixty degrees. I was watching TV when the weatherman broke in with the warnings and just as quick it started to blow. We had a beautiful day today. I'm glad you enjoyed the video, one of my favorite songs. Thank you for continued support, no matter the subject. Hugs..

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Eric. I'm glad you felt like you were right there. Thank you for telling me.

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      Frank Atanacio 

      2 years ago from Shelton

      wow what a whirlwind of words Always... love the idea too :)

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      Leslie McCowen 

      2 years ago from Cape Cod, USA

      Youre very welcome :-)

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello lovemychris. When my son was growing up we lived in Missouri. We had a storm cellar and I had it stocked with non perishable snacks. It was like a picnic in a way. Missouri had more tornados than we do here in Il. The butter and sugar sandwiches made me smile, what a great way to lessen the stress. Thank you for adding your story to this piece,

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      Devika Primić 

      2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Wow! I never had that experience. On Saturday night we felt a tremor and that stunned me.

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      Maria Jordan 

      2 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      "Don't let the sound of your own (stationary bike) wheels make you crazy," sweet Ruby... :)

      Stay safe and 'take it easy'. Love you, mar

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      Clive Williams 

      2 years ago from Jamaica

      nice one ruby, never had that experience though

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      Genna East 

      2 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Ruby, your poem captures perfectly the split-second reaction to something this terrible, and how quickly one has to respond to remove themselves from possible harm, along with the flashes of lightening and wind gusts. "Pushing pedals counting 1,2,3.." These things hit so quickly and are gone just as fast, leaving devastation behind. Our only link to the outside world is technology -- be it TV, audio, etc. Very well done. And the music is perfect. :-)

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello manatita. It was a worrisome evening. Tornados scare me, but it gave me an opportunity to write. I love that I have a basement to go to. Thank you for coming. Best wishes back at cha..

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello John. Yes this all happened last evening. The warnings ended around ten PM and was going toward Ky. I haven't heard about any damage. It was sixty degrees here and that's what happens when the hot air mixes with the cold .Of course it gave me a reason for writing poetry. Hee. Thank you..

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Bill. The warnings were over around ten PM. They were saying on TV that the storms were moving toward Ky. I haven't heard of any damage. It was 60 degrees here in Il. yesterday, much too hot for Feb. I guess the only reason I live here is because I was born here and have family that lives here, believe me I would love living where the tornados do not hit. I am glad to have a basement where I feel safer. Thank you so much..

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      I will be back to reply to each comment. I have an appointment in Evansville today. I will say that we really did have tornado warnings last evening.

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      Eric Dierker 

      2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Wow that was great. You had me right there.

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      Leslie McCowen 

      2 years ago from Cape Cod, USA

      Living in Illinois as a kid, we had many tornado warnings. My mom would always make us butter and sugar sandwiches as we waited out the warning....you reminded me exactly what it was like!

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      manatita44 

      2 years ago from london

      Succintly done, Ruby, if that's the word. You've put it all together so neatly; so vividly! I felt for you! Stay safe. Best wishes.

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      John Hansen 

      2 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Is this something you have been experiencing recently, Ruby? A very descriptive short poem. Well done.

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      Bill Holland 

      2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I can't imagine. I never will imagine. I much prefer the relative safety of the Pacific Northwest. Stay safe, my friend....oh yes, I liked this...so much emotion wrapped up in so few words.

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