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God Carried My Family Home (a Ft Worth Tornado poem)

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wayoutwalt
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0 posted 03-28-2000 11:36 PM       View Profile for wayoutwalt   Email wayoutwalt   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to Submit your Poem to Passions  View IP for wayoutwalt

First the Wedgewood Baptist Church
Where a madman came to kill
My wife worshipped there long ago
But we go elsewhere by God's will

Tonight Fort Worth again a loss
A tornado rocked downtown
It was so quiet I was there
Calm and peaceful not a sound

We left Calvary Academy
Rushing my three kids out the door
The rain was coming I told them
Hopefully rain and nothing more

Ten past the hour when I drive off
My kids kidding about their day
But at fifteen past the hour
Their little preschool blew away  






[This message has been edited by wayoutwalt (edited 03-29-2000).]
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devina
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1 posted 03-28-2000 11:40 PM       View Profile for devina   Email devina   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for devina

I'll say it again Walt...God was there for you and your kids today...It's so sad the devestation a tornado can bring...give my hugs to the children hun...

 Open arms can be the most fragile in the world...

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2 posted 03-28-2000 11:41 PM       View Profile for Temptress   Email Temptress   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Temptress

Nice work here.   God keeps us safe even when we don't realize it. I'm glad of that.
WhtDove
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3 posted 03-28-2000 11:53 PM       View Profile for WhtDove   Email WhtDove   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit WhtDove's Home Page   View IP for WhtDove

Walt God sure is watching out for you and yours. I'm really glad you're okay! What a blessing to have missed it! I told ya the number 5 is GRACE didn't I?  That's just what saved you my friend! God bless you!
Give them kids a big huge hug and be thankful you're around to tell about it!
Tara Simms
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4 posted 03-28-2000 11:56 PM       View Profile for Tara Simms   Email Tara Simms   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Tara Simms's Home Page   View IP for Tara Simms

Terifying isn't it?  A couple of weeks ago, my kids' daycare called to say a tornado had touched down and was headed towards the school so they were evacuating.  I was in a meeting and didn't get the message.  Thankfully, a coworker (whose child goes to the same daycare) did get it.  She rushed otu to pick up our kids.  After the meeting, someone asked where Julie went in such a rush.  I shrugged.  Figured it was somethign personal.  Then someone else told me about the tornado.  I was shaking so badly, I couldn't pick up my keys.  I was trying to get out the door to go save my babies.  They had to literally hold me down so they could tell me that Julie was getting them.  I'd never been so scared in all my life.
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5 posted 03-29-2000 12:09 AM       View Profile for Marge Tindal   Email Marge Tindal   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Marge Tindal's Home Page   View IP for Marge Tindal

Walt~
Bless you and yours.
God is gracious.
~*Marge*~


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6 posted 03-29-2000 12:14 AM       View Profile for CherylLynnMckee   Email CherylLynnMckee   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for CherylLynnMckee

God is watching over you..and still has unfinished work for you..You're  all still here for a greater purpose..Your poem hits home how fragile life can be.

 
wayoutwalt
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7 posted 03-29-2000 12:14 AM       View Profile for wayoutwalt   Email wayoutwalt   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for wayoutwalt

i posted this the night of the Wedgewood Shootings just 6 months ago

This Just In

I lay quite numb beside my wife
Breaking news broke through the den
Watching TV in our humble life
The media frenzy called us in

The banner said eight shots were fired
I nudged my wife and began to rise
"Another fool I'm sick and tired"
But I was drowned amidst her cries

I sat back down and watched amazed
Faces flashed by that I once knew
The church where my wife was raised
A killer lay slumped in the pew

Live reports with nothing real to say
Plastic men pretending they care
Columbine seemed so far away
I never thought I'd be taken there


funny how now i would not know of my close fate w/o help from the telly
Poet deVine
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8 posted 03-29-2000 12:23 AM       View Profile for Poet deVine   Email Poet deVine   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Poet deVine

I'm so glad you and your family are safe! I heard about this and felt shock that it could happen in downtown Ft. Worth! Thank God!
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9 posted 03-29-2000 12:27 AM       View Profile for Alicat   Email Alicat   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Alicat

Walt...very powerful image here...I know the weather in that part of the country, as well as some of the kooks that run around.

Very sad and maudlin...though I do like the craftsmanship and the way you wove this story of loss together.

Keep up the good work, my friend.

Alicat the Persnikitty...still in Oregon, but a Texan at heart.

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10 posted 03-29-2000 01:17 AM       View Profile for Dark Angel   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Dark Angel

Walt, God was certainly watching over you and your family.So glad you are all ok.  

 What comes from the heart goes to the heart.
Samuel Coleridge


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11 posted 03-29-2000 06:15 AM       View Profile for Lost Dreamer   Email Lost Dreamer   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Lost Dreamer

Walt, This gave me goosebumps when you first told me, and it has managed to again as you wrote this so well. I am so glad God was with you and your family, and kept you safe.
Elizabeth Santos
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12 posted 03-29-2000 07:52 AM       View Profile for Elizabeth Santos   Email Elizabeth Santos   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Elizabeth Santos

You were certainly carried by the hand of God. Sometimes what we consider close calls are not close at all. He has things under control. Liz
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13 posted 03-29-2000 08:03 AM       View Profile for suthern   Email suthern   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for suthern

A tornado hit our home when I was a very small child... the terror was palpable and unforgettable even to someone too young to fully understand what was going on. *S* We were all safe... even the dog... and now, I'm so very thankful you and your family are also safe!!!
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walt, your family has a special angel watching over you... Consider yourselves blessed...
hoot_owl_rn
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Walt..this absolutely gave me chills. I am so glad you and yours are safe   God works in mysterious ways and it seems he sent an angel for your family
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I'm glad you and your children are safe and my heart goes out to the families of the ones who died so tragically by the tornado and also the ones who died in the school bus accident at the Georgia/Tennessee border. So much tragedy yesterday.  
wayoutwalt
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thank yuh all for yur concern yuh really all we lost was a place for our kids to go to school but the cleanup effort will go on and they'll be back yuh sad fir the dead..really this is just a chillin poem cuz of the closeness yuh i feel bad for those with true loss
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18 posted 03-29-2000 06:40 PM       View Profile for ~one voice~   Email ~one voice~   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for ~one voice~

Very good poem walt...  it must have been devastating.  I am glad you are ok though.

 ~onevoice~

"And Something's odd-within-
That person that I was-
And this One-do not feel the same-
Could it be Madness-this?"
Emily Dickinson

WhtDove
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19 posted 03-29-2000 10:25 PM       View Profile for WhtDove   Email WhtDove   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit WhtDove's Home Page   View IP for WhtDove

Great second poem there too Walt!
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