Save It For A Stormy Day

Once again I took shelter

Will these storms ever end?

By now it should be dry

But we gathered in that safe place

Families drenched

No time for an umbrella

Though I took mine

With rain pelting so

Ouch, that stings

Barefoot many came

Not me though feet were soaked

It’s right over our heads

Our complex manager said

That’s close

Hasn’t been this way since ‘88

Offering beer, soda and snacks

It’ll be fixed up for next time

More comfortable, you’ll see

Soon enough warnings passed

Watch for floods weathermen said

That’s a given with torrential rains

From the inner room we emerged

Back to videos, maybe sleep

Had anyone begun to eat?

Thunder rumbles in the distance

Further the better

That’s something we’ll keep

Summer sunshine come back

With us please stay

Kick-off the new day

We plead




Tornado today

Who knew?

I heard a bzz-bzz-bzz coming from a source

Which one?

I say in passing

Our cells comes the reply

We have a warning I ask


There the sirens go




The complex manager calls

Come to the shelter

We have a shelter she asks

A quick description

Get your asses down the retort

Ok then

Grab the raincoats

But I don’t have one as rain pelts

On the list to do


I will


A Lightening McQueen umbrella

This small

Get a real pair of shoes no flip-flops

She growls

I look, take the cell, the iPad

Should I grab any more?

Hasn’t touched down on us yet

But five miles out

I breathe a prayer of protection


Over the laptop


Move it from the window to a safe spot

Watch over the power cords amen

Do we have keys I say voice clear


Ok we’re out

We walk in the rain

Our landlady scowls

Get in hurry up

Yes Ma’am


A room full of people

Many no shoes

All with cells watching the storm

What does the radar say?

As the second siren sounds

More people come

Watch until six as the Tablet comes out

And a child plays

Snacks passed around


Good thinking – ok


Jokes about Twister

No need for concern or worry

Strap yourself to a pipe

After running through farm knifes

Used for hacking

The Tornado lifts legs easy now

All appendages stay

As you look up the center swirl

Wow, get a load of that


Laughter while we wait


Now it’s taken a turn


That’s moving away over there

We get up to get going

The storm’s passed

We wander back

Get into cars check on those we like

Go get the mail

The dishwasher started


The laundry too


Though first I wanted to put down a few words

So inspired that I was

For you

How’s your Saturday so far?

I’m getting back to my movie

Lie down and chill

Get a bottle of water

I bought earlier today

When the sun shone


Good thing we cancelled the carwash

Raise those funds a less volatile day


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