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Weather Forecast

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Weather Forecast

The weather man on the local radio station had forecast a blizzard.
It was Saturday. Many folks were out shopping on this beautiful sunny day, 
one that sometimes comes in March on the North Dakota prairies.
We were having an early supper when Mama said, “Well I guess 
the forecast was wrong,” when it struck, coming out of a clear blue sky.

Spring was abolished instantly, as the arctic wind picked up snow
hurling it at anything in its pathway, and though we were safely home, 
we were worried about those who were shopping and had lingered
to visit with other shoppers or perhaps to have coffee in the local café.  

We knew that my brother and his wife and two small children
were among those stragglers.  There was no way we could check
on their safety.  The phones were out with that first strong blast.
It would be two days before we would hear that they were safe.

Others were not so fortunate.  Some died in their cars.  
Those who left their cars, perished anyway.

My last big storm, I married and moved way that next summer.




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  1. Date: 10/7/2012 9:55:00 AM
    Great write, Joyce! Congrats on your win! Love, Kim

  1. Date: 10/6/2012 11:09:00 PM
    Joyce, this was awesome. I think it would have placed even higher if you had done an opposite ending making the second half into good weather. Great writing. Congrats on your win.

    Johnson Avatar Joyce Johnson
    Date: 10/7/2012 8:34:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    But that isn't the way it happened. This story is true. Joyce
  1. Date: 10/5/2012 8:22:00 PM
    Joyce, this sounds like it was a true-to-life situation for you. Glad your family was found safe. Congrats and one love. Joy Wells

  1. Date: 10/5/2012 1:22:00 PM
    Congrats on your win with this very great work..Sara

  1. Date: 10/5/2012 8:10:00 AM
    JOYCE, congratulations with your awesome "Weather Forecast" poem in Joy's contest... have yourself a good day :-) Love PD

  1. Date: 10/5/2012 6:54:00 AM
    Congratulations on your win, Joyce . Love, Suzette

  1. Date: 10/5/2012 5:58:00 AM
    Belated congratulations once again, I am sorry these are late I am busy packing and shopping for my holidays xx

  1. Date: 10/5/2012 5:19:00 AM
    Congratulations on your win in Joy's "Weather Forecast" contest Joyce. Love Carol

  1. Date: 10/5/2012 3:51:00 AM
    The weather can be too harsh to live with and that is why I live in Hawaii. Hurricanes usually pass us by, thankfully. I enjoyed your true story. Congrats on your win.

  1. Date: 9/21/2012 5:11:00 AM
    Thank you for sharing your writing with us Joyce. I enjoyed reading it this morning and as always wish you the best in the contest. Have a wonderful weekend. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 9/20/2012 9:40:00 PM
    An amazing story, Joyce! The waiting for word from your brother must have been awful for you and your family. We try to better predict the weather these days but only God can control it. You have inspired me to write a poem for the contest about my own experience. Hopefully, I'll have time to write it tomorrow. Hugs, Rhonda

  1. Date: 9/20/2012 8:44:00 PM
    great write.... i liked the last line!!