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Tornado...a true story...

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Auguste
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Tornado

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"Twister" was only a movie
Just Hollywood and all their show
A tornado is pure terror
Because I've lived through one, I know

At 3:12 in the afternoon
Is when the clocks began to blink
When terror from the skies was brought
And it still scares me just to think

I was in a convenience store
It was windy and smelled of rain
Speaking to a few of my friends
And listening to them complain

We were under a twister watch
And I noticed the greenish hue
That the sky seemed to have that day
But I didn't know what to do

It looked like that most every year
And nothing ever came of it
So I thought it just another day
Until I saw the twister hit

The sound was almost deafening
I remained calm and held my breath
I knew that any second I
Just might be seeing my own death

I heard cannons firing wildy
And knew that it was breaking trees
The blinding rain, the hail, the wind
Enough to bring me to my knees

So quick it came and then was gone
I'd never known such fear before
I went outside to have a look
And saw destruction like a war

To the left of the store a path
Had been cleared of every tree
For miles is what it seemed to go
For as far as the eyes could see

And then to the right of the store
Another path, a horror scene
I'll never forget that afternoon
Or when I saw the sky turn green

The store, untouched, was an island
Much like a ship on storm-tossed seas
Outside would have meant certain death
I stood and gazed with shaking knees

So many people lost their homes
They lost their cars, their boats and such
A nghtmare that does haunt them still
But those were things that aren't worth much

For the storm spared all of our lives
With each, another day to see
To watch our children as they grow
And count new sunsets that will be






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Sunnyone
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1 posted 08-09-2000 06:08 PM       View Profile for Sunnyone   Email Sunnyone   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Sunnyone's Home Page   View IP for Sunnyone

Auguste...
          Excellent writing on this!!! I
    almost felt the wind, but glad I didn't.
    What a terrifying experience and I'm
    glad you're here to write about it!
    We have earthquakes in Alaska, but no
    tornados so far!!
                 Great story here....


I have only one goal
in life..
It Is:
To have more than
one goal in
Life!!
~ ~ by Sunny ~ ~
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2 posted 08-09-2000 06:11 PM       View Profile for Salooma   Email Salooma   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Salooma

wow....wonderful poem, could imagine the picture through your words. nicely written as always...

salooma
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3 posted 08-09-2000 06:30 PM       View Profile for Auguste   Email Auguste   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Auguste's Home Page   View IP for Auguste

Hi Sunny,

It's good to hear from you and I'm happy you liked to poem.  I had no idea you lived in Alaska.  I'm deepy jealous.  I'd LOVE to live there one day.

Michael



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4 posted 08-09-2000 11:32 PM       View Profile for Meadowmuse   Email Meadowmuse   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Meadowmuse's Home Page   View IP for Meadowmuse

"I'll never forget that afternoon
Or when I saw the sky turn green"

Michael, a very vivid account. In 1974 my hometown cowered under a green sky, and the tornadoes swept through mercilessly. You're so right...lives are what matter, but living through this monster can certainly change one's life. Excellent piece.

~ Claire

Could a greater miracle take place than for us to look through each other's eyes for an instant?......Henry David Thoreau

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Salooma and Claire,

Thank you for the nice words.  I still remember the tornadic outbreak of 1974. Terrifying!  I have a new respect when I view ths skies.  Take care and thanks for reading my story.

Michael



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What a scary picture you put into my head, great writing on this one!
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WOW! Vivid imagery here. Wonderful write.  
Jenn E
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Jenn E and Lakewalker,

Thank you for the comments.  Yes, it was a pretty scary day, and night, for that matter.  It was only an F2 or F3.  I can't imagine what an F5 would be like and DON'T want to.

Take care,

Michael



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