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Tornado Outbreak
by Leland Waldrip
Friday, April 29, 2011
Rated "G" by the Author.
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AD apparently lost the formatting for my poem "F5". As the past couple of weeks have shown, we continue to be at the mercy of violent weather, so I am posting an update to F5, with formatting.

Flint, Michigan, 6/8/53,
Was not a place you'd want to be,
For a great wind came through,
Took all the buildings, people too.

There was Xenia, OH in seventy-four,
Spring ninety-nine, Oklahoma's Moore.
Birmingham, AL, 4/8/98,
When thirty-two souls met their fate.

And in Maryland's southern plains,
A whirlwind has taken their gains,
Ripped their lives and tore apart,
The fabric of poor La Plata's heart.

A cold Spring jet stream dove south,
Met steamy air from the gulf's mouth,
Rolled Eastward  again and again, 
Spun out incredible destructive pain.

Towns in Texas -- and old St. Lou,
Raleigh/Durham, Tuscaloosa too,
Arkansas, Tennessee and Mississip,
Smithville got an F5 on one awful trip.

Birmingham was hit again, (after '98),
What can only be said was cruel fate,
Same for each farm or country home
Wherever the spinning winds roam.

Altogether a horrible incursion,
Hundreds died in the latest version,
More stripped of their wealth,
Most, grateful if left in health.  

Why are the victims not alive? 
Killed when violent winds arrive -- 
Extreme tornados -- winds that twist,
Scour the land with remorseless fist.

Whatever stands before their might --
Demolished -- devastating sight!
Swirling sky smashes all erect,
With sand, cows, and cars all wrecked.

Where is God when Nature's so vile?
Is He with us in our time of trial?
Of what value is saying a prayer?
God beseeched, ungates demon's lair.

It pounces by day or dead of night,
Kills with projectiles, if not with fright!
T'was omnipotent God sent the beast
To destroy in gluttonous anger feast.

It's your own plan, perhaps some luck,
When F5s search, if you're not stuck
Above ground with nowhere to hide,
Thinking, poor soul, God's on your side.

Face F5 and test your prayer's worth?
Best trust God from a hole in the earth!
Not holy words--a hole in the ground
Keeps you from F5's safe and sound.


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Reviewed by Karen Vanderlaan 5/4/2011
well written and full of history
Reviewed by Tom Hyland 5/2/2011


PEACE ... TK...
Reviewed by Ronald Hull 5/1/2011
One of nature's restorers, tornados clear primordial forests, opening the way for the sun to shine through and promote new growth, as well as debris piles for homes for creatures large and small, from insects to rabbits, foxes to bears.

As you so aptly pointed out, god or gods had nothing to do with the atmosphere's need to release low-lying heat by storms that provide rain and nutrients to parched land.

Reviewed by George MacLean Akurunwa 4/30/2011
I pray everyone will recover what they lost. His grace is sufficient for us.
Reviewed by C. J. Stevens 4/30/2011
A highly original, very fine poem!
Reviewed by Regis Auffray 4/29/2011
I cannot imagine what it would be like to face such impact of nature's fury, Leland. My sympathetic thoughts are sent to you. Love and peace,


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