by RaeLynn Teller
Thursday, April 10, 2008
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Growing up in Louisiana, I have weathered my share of tornados. Blissfully I settled in the deserts of the Southwest far from that destructiveness. As jobs and careers took my sons to the Ft. Worth area, the nagging fear was always in the back of my mind. Early this morning, during the dawn of my oldest sonís 37th birthday, that fear became a reality. With what is considered minimal damage and no injuries, Ft. Worth will no longer be their home.
The picture is my youngest sonís back yard.
The blinding lightning awakened them all
Even before the sirens were heard
The winds increased as the rain fell in sheets
With hail that left windows shattered
Huddled in a bathtub
Holding loved ones near
Every man believes in God
Praying their pleas are heard
Electricity is lost as thunder crashes
Amongst roaring trains and splintering trees
Sounds of destruction within their home
Reflecting on their own lives’ journeys
Twenty minutes can be a lifetime
Before courage is gathered to venture out
The sky is green in this early dawn
Lucky to be alive without a doubt
Not a tree on the street is left untouched
Damage is discussed in varying degrees
Material things can mostly be replaced
Soothing their neighbor’s frenzies
Angels worked hard this morning
Protecting one and all
Knees are bent in adoration
Thankful for miracles big and small
“Thank you, God, thank you”
A most important prayer
One too often we forget
When He shows us He truly does care
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|Reviewed by Barbara Henry
|Powerful work RaeLynn,that testifies to God's great love and care for us.
Thankfully,your loved ones were NOT hurt.
I have also written a poem having the same title; when you get a moment, will you go to my site and read it? I'd like your feedback.
Barbara J. Henry
|Reviewed by Melissa Rives
|So true, I'm glad everyone was safe...lovely writing!|
|Reviewed by Connie Faust
|My daughter and family had one a couple years ago in Van Wert, Ohio. They too huddled,(seems that word says it all in tornadoes) in their bathroom closet. There was death and destruction in their block, but their home escaped unharmed.
Experiences like this sure do make people turn to God for help, which is one good thing that comes from the bad, and people reach out to help each other, too.
You told the story well.
|Reviewed by Kathy Armijo
|RaeLynn, your poem vividly captures the feelings of how people deal with this kind of horror, as does your expression of faith and trust.
God bless you. Kathy
|Reviewed by Rose Rideout
|How true Raelynn for He really does care and I have come to believe that there is a reason for everything, although it may not always be what we want or when we want it, but He has his reasons. A great write and I am so glad they are all safe. Thank you for sharing.
Love ya face Raelynn XOXOXO, Rose
|Reviewed by La Belle Rouge Poetess Of The Heart
|You brought the scene to life as well as the inspiration of trust.|
|Reviewed by Jill Eisnaugle
Living just south of Houston, I'd heard of the storms in the Fort Worth area and the destruction they had caused. I have many friends who live up that way and thankfully, all of them had minimal damage. I'm glad your son is okay. Homes, cars, and material things can always be replaced; lives cannot, so I'm glad your family is safe and sound.
Best wishes to you and yours,
|Reviewed by Karen Palumbo
|Sounds like your prayers were answered. Though much damage your family is still intact. Last night was pretty bad with sirens going off all over the place.....
Be always safe,
|Reviewed by Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado
|This is when I wish I could move out of Texas--preferably to ALASKA, where the only storms they have there are MAGNETIC--i.e., the Northern Lights! I've had more than enough of this spring season already; now been in FIVE tornadoes!! NOT good!
(((HUGS))) and much love, your friend in Burleson, Karen Lynn. :(
Storms woke me up too; actually, Karla did. GRRR!!
|Reviewed by Larry Lounsbury
|Power of God,s creation is mighty. My son is stationed in Texas right now.|
|Reviewed by George Carroll
|Strong imagery used in showing the terrible effects these storms have on people. Thank God all survived but I would move also if possible.|
|Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner
I'm so sorry your son went through this - we did, too, 12 miles south of downtown Fort Worth (Burleson) - GAD what a scary night! No damage here, thank God, just shattered nerves - we had tornado warnings around 3:00 a.m., twin sis and I at local hospital for shelter - don't feel comfortable in my apartment. Know the fear, all too well - powerfully imaged (and felt) - well done.
(((HUGS))) and love, Karla.