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The Coming Storm

Standing outside, I could sense it coming 
like before. The air thick, still, birds 
stopped singing. The sky, a jaundiced 
yellow, a sickly color about to run its 
course. Always wondering "will this be the 
funnel cloud that takes everything away?"

Frantically, I've tried to fill a tiny bucket list 
I made just for her:

Picnics to remember
Special photos framed
Comfort meals from her past
Sounds of her great grandchildren 
squeeling at their birthday parties
I love you's more frequent than before

The last storm, the third we've faced,
had outcomes we were familiar with-

Tree limbs down
Electric lines dangling
Power out

But we were lucky, neighbors helped with 
clean-up, power was restored, we could 
get around, just a little slower.

Now I feel it coming again, that same 
sickly yellow. I busy myself with 
household distractions-

Move the pictures on the wall
Write this poem
Shuffle my mementos

Something catches my ear-
A few heavy raindrops


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  1. Date: 2/20/2014 9:03:00 AM
    This was intense James; I was not sure whether it be a literal storm or something different this time. Very nice!

  1. Date: 2/18/2014 5:54:00 AM
    yes, the sky does turn that jaundiced yellow before a storm, doesn't it? I think this is a very well written piece; quite unusual, good attention to detail and some effective descriptions; I would say this is definitely free verse (and good free verse!) :)

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    Date: 2/18/2014 6:19:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    thanks Charlotte, categories sometimes confuse me...jimbo
  1. Date: 2/13/2014 5:04:00 PM
    This snagged my heart a bit......knowing you must be speaking of (perhaps)..your mother, and preparing for whatever might make it easier! My wish is that those storms only bring the pleasant sound of spring. :) (I do really love this poem)....

  1. Date: 2/10/2014 7:20:00 AM
    We have had a few tornados to pass by our home but so far they were just damaging to trees..It is a scary time when it happens..It is getting close to that time of year again..Great impressive work about the event..Doris' husband's brother(her husband was a triplet birth and it was one of the triplets) was killed in a tornado a few years ago..Those inner storms can be just as hard..Sara

  1. Date: 2/9/2014 11:47:00 PM
    Ahhhh....those inner storms can be devastating....We try to weather the storm as best we can.. Very moving write, Jim.

  1. Date: 2/9/2014 10:43:00 PM
    Wow James! This is deep and so creatively pulled off. I love the parallelism between the physical storm and emotional storm. When the storm warning goes off, the best one can do is prepare well for it and try cushioning all those who might be affected by it. Very well penned!

  1. Date: 2/9/2014 5:16:00 PM
    A very descriptive poem.

  1. Date: 2/9/2014 4:34:00 PM
    James, you have written a very touching poem, the emotions on this page are like the heart beat of the rain, soft gently refrains for our eyes to see and understand, well done brave soul, well done xxx