Dark of the Night – Free Write Friday prompt

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It’s Friday and Kellie has once again prompted us to submit a Free Write Friday post… so here goes. Be sure to visit Kellie’s page to see all the postings:

http://kellieelmore.com/2013/04/12/fwf-free-write-friday-it-was-a-dark-and-stormy-night/

The warnings came as they often do
Of storms passing through the area
Was it that they were so frequent
That there was so little hysteria.

Of course we listened as they broadcast
All those warnings to interrupt tv shows
Using that time to refill our snacks
“They always miss us”, what everyone knows.

But this storm would prove so different
For the winds did blow in with a fright
Multiple cells combined and became one
Leaving a path of destruction this night.

The sirens came on, went off and back on
Such a roar as the twister hit the ground
Lives were lost and futures were changed
So many structures torn to pieces around.

Many have heard of the fate Joplin faced
But the love of so many pulled together
Rebuilding homes, families and so much more
Brings out the good of one to another.

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16 Responses to Dark of the Night – Free Write Friday prompt

  1. Until last year, the running phrase around here was ‘they always miss us’. Then we got a taste of what the midwest goes through on a regular, seasonal basis. Tellico Plains TN was struck by a tornado that devastated the area. Now, last night, my little town felt the wrath. It was small but still so scary and I could not imagine what others have went through with the big ones.

    Thanks for your piece. Wonderful as always. ♥

    • graypoet says:

      Thank you for your continued work and the prompts… Some do tend to make me a little more thoughtful, but always enjoyed. I am glad to see that your contributors are growing too..

  2. Oooh very good! I also took part this week. Your mention of Joplin took me by surprise – love it when poets do that!!

  3. As I love not so far from Joplin this one jumped out at me. Great write!

    • graypoet says:

      I live in KS and work in Webb City… so I saw the destruction(actually saw two tornadoes that night that apparently formed the Joplin twister) and I am seeing the rebuilding.

      • Not sure where Webb City is but I live in Kansas City, and until a year ago lived in Tonganoxie which was tornado alley. Many a day and night we spent in the basement with our emergency packs. Also spent days watching as I hung out laundry the swirls forming and dropping down to go back up or a couple of times hit.The devastation in Joplin was the worst we had seen in years. I am so glad Joplin is coming back to life but it just seems it takes so long for how quickly it was destroyed doesn’t it? God bless you and keep you safe.

  4. terry1954 says:

    a very nice story

  5. neenslewy says:

    Powerful realisations – this line hit me and stayed with me;
    ‘Lives were lost and futures were changed’…

  6. Suzanne says:

    A very powerful poem. You capture the intensity of a storm and its aftermath well.

  7. We do tend to become nonchalant about these things. I lived in southern California for a few years, and the little tremors were hardly noticed. Was in one pretty good shaker, and even that one, people were laughing about it by the end of the day. Me, I saw no humor in it; moved back to Texas.
    Excellent write about the Joplin storm/tragedy.

    Here’s my FWF entry: http://charleslmashburn.wordpress.com/2013/04/13/like-a-rainbow-in-the-dark/

  8. heidibarnes11 says:

    Living in Washington we get a few twisters now and then, earthquakes are about the same. No hurricanes, be we can have gotten the 100 mph+ winds that do a lot of damage. What we wait for is the sleeping volcano that is about 100 years overdue to blow. Hearing about and reading poems like this makes me glad that it’s the volcano I have only to worry about. Oh, and the 10pt earthquake they have been predicting for..oh forever. 😦 Mother Nature is a force that no one can fight or argue with.

  9. Colline says:

    I like to focus on your last lines – that even though the storm brings destruction it brings with it hope as well – and with it a sense of community.

  10. seanbidd says:

    Have never experienced twisters way down here, many another disaster though. The rebuilding, the helping, and sharing recovering life, I can relate to the human response to natures consequence. Great writing, and thank you for the insight on tornadoes, both in the poem and your comments.

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