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Poem: Tornado Warning

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Poem Summary

"Tornado Warning" is a poem I wrote while the tornado sirens were blaring.

I hate storms like these, but I guess the sirens are a good thing.

Even the sound of them puts an imminent fear inside your soul.

"A Tornado Warning by Turnpike Troubadours"

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Tornado Warning

Skies grey

Rain pelting

Sirens blaring

Fear inside

Imminent danger

Safe spot

Lingering alone

Passing over

Hopefully soon.

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We understand tornadoes scientifically, but it still feels supernatural.

The randomness makes it feel supernatural.

— Michael Koryta picturequotes.com

"Tornado Warning by Johnny Trouble"

© 2021 BRENDA ARLEDGE

Comments

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on August 04, 2021:

Vidaya

Thank you.

I hate those sirens, but it is great to have them.

Have a great day.

VIDYA D SAGAR on August 04, 2021:

Natural calamities are scary. Especially when we have no warning of it's occurence. You are lucky to have warning sirens. You have brought out the fear so well in the poem Brenda. Thanks for sharing.

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on August 03, 2021:

Amani post here

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on August 02, 2021:

When the thunder & wind is too close

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on August 01, 2021:

Lora

Thank you.

I really hate it when the storms come that close.

We were spared damage & I am glad.

Have a great day.

Lora Hollings on August 01, 2021:

Tornadoes are very scary and I remember going through some very frightening times when I lived in the Midwest, Brenda. Your poem and its vivid description certainly relayed this message well and I’m glad that you are alright!

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on August 01, 2021:

Manatita44

Thank you for caring about me.

I'm sure nature plays a part in the process, but I don't like any of it.

A tsunami....Oh my! I could only imagine, although I have seen one on TV.

Take care.

manatita44 from london on August 01, 2021:

Stay safe and well, Brenda. Mother Gaia will continue to do her thing: like give us Tsunamis, hurricanes, earthquakes .... as well as tornados. Can seem supernatural, yes, but it is very natural to the evolutionary process, like Covid-19, man-made or not. Stay blessed.

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on July 31, 2021:

Asaf

Thank you.

I'm glad my words painting a picture in your mind.

Take care.

Asaf Shah Khan from Swat on July 31, 2021:

Amazing poem. You selected such words which create a scene in eyes.

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on July 30, 2021:

Chitrangada

Thank you.

It is that instant fear that gets us.

I'm sorry you went through that kind of turmoil with an earthquake...I definitely don't want to be in one of those.

Stay safe.

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on July 30, 2021:

You have created the scene very well with your words. Well expressed poem.

We can’t be prepared enough for the natural calamities. Tornado sirens at least give some time to prepare- - -. I still remember the fear, which I had experienced during the destructive earthquake, back in 2001.

Thank you for sharing.

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on July 30, 2021:

My latest

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on July 30, 2021:

Nithya

It is.

I have always wanted a basement or a storm shelter.

But then again, debris could tumble on top of it leaving you trapped so you better gsve an air supply & food.

Quite nerve wracking indeed.

Nithya Venkat from Dubai on July 30, 2021:

It must have been really scary. The very thought of a tornado makes me want to crawl into a basement and hide. It must be nerve-wracking just waiting for the tornado to pass. You have expressed your feelings so well in this poem.

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on July 30, 2021:

Bill

Thank you. I am safe.

I hate tornadoes & the sirens that warn us to take shelter.

I had no idea that Washington didn't have tornado warnings.

I just assumed any place in the United States did.

Have a great day.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on July 30, 2021:

I'll take a pass on living anywhere where tornado warnings happen. I'm glad you are safe.

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on July 29, 2021:

Storms are over tonight

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on July 29, 2021:

Rosina

Thank you.

I hate it when the weather gets this bad, but we've had our share of extremely hot weather lately so it was bound to happen as a cold front came through.

Luckily it was in surrounding areas...actually a village I grew up in got some damage, but I'll have to wait til daylight to see just how bad it is.

I'm safe.

Have a great day.

Rosina S Khan on July 29, 2021:

I am sorry to hear you had to go through a tornado warning and the imminent fear that you felt. At least you had a safe spot to linger on. I pray you never have to be in an actual tornado. All the best, Brenda.

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on July 29, 2021:

John

Thank you.

I have never been in an actual tornado and pray I never AM.

These come close enough...too close for me.

I guess it touched down in my little hometown, which is about 12 Miles from where I live now.

I hope you never experience one.

Glad you like the poem though...it helped ease my mind by writing.

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on July 29, 2021:

Greg

Thank you.

Believe me I was in my safe spot along with a few of my belongings.

It's calm here now...so hopefully a peaceful night.

Take care.

John Hansen from Gondwana Land on July 29, 2021:

Even though I have never experienced a tornado, you expressed it very well in so few words, Brenda. I enjoyed the song "Tornado Warning" by Johnnie Trouble too. Stay safe.

greg cain from Moscow, Idaho, USA on July 29, 2021:

A quiet, soothing rain would be nice for sure! Alas, it's not that time of year around here, and doesn't sound like it is in your part of the Midwest, either. Still, be safe and get to that safe spot. As Ms. Dora said, this really captures the mood of a tornado warning...and those are always spooky to me. My mom was extra scared during these times due to a very near miss when she was a child growing up in Iowa.

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on July 29, 2021:

Greg

Thanks.

I had forgotten about Tornado alley, but I'm glad you weren't there.

It's very frightening when the storms get this tense.

I'll take a quiet, soothing rain any day.

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on July 29, 2021:

Dora

Thank you.

I don't like tornadoes very much.

Have a great evening.

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on July 29, 2021:

Janis

Thank you.

I guess that's because I wrote it in the moment.

Glad it showed.

Have a great day.

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on July 29, 2021:

Pamela

I'm glad I don't have to deal with hurricanes, tornadoes are bad enough.

I doubt one can run away from a hurricane any better than a tornado...unless you leave the area.

I just hate the sound of the sirens blaring...it kind of makes everything seem like a panic.

Take care.

greg cain from Moscow, Idaho, USA on July 29, 2021:

Spooky. Reminds me of teenage days during hot summer afternoons in South Dakota. T-storm and Tornado warnings were not uncommon. We didn't quite live in tornado alley, but you could hear the tornadoes bowling from where we lived.

Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on July 29, 2021:

The real feel of the tornado landing. Very good.

Janis Leslie Evans from Washington, DC on July 29, 2021:

Great poem, Brenda. You captured the moment in real time. The feeling of doom a tornado brings comes through loud and clear in this piece. Bravo!

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on July 29, 2021:

I use to live in a Cleveland suburb, and we got the tornado warnings way often. They were frightening.

Your poem spells out that very well. Now I live in northern FL, where we get tornado and hurricane warnings. LOL!

At lresast with hurricanes you have an idea when they will appear, which is not true with tornadoes.

I have left and driven to Atlanta in the past as I was afraid of the storms. I have a son who lives there.

I enjoyed reading your poem, and I liked the videos also. This is a very good article.

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on July 29, 2021:

Peggy

Thank you.

I hate the sound of these sirens though, but I'm sure it might save a few lives.

Looks like I'm in for a stormy night here.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on July 29, 2021:

Tornados are so scary! They pop up so quickly. At least with a tornado siren, it gives you a chance to seek a more safe spot until it passes.

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