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Batten Down the Hatches

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Batten Down the Hatches

Batten down the hatches – 
A storm is on its way.
Don’t know when it’s comin’
Or how long it’s gonna stay.

Every market’s crowded – 
People gathering supplies.
No one wants to be caught short
Or taken by surprise.

Plans are being canceled,
Dates all rearranged – 
Phones and laptops busy as
New info is exchanged.

We’re ready for the tempest – 
We’ve got flashlights, candles, matches.
I’m prepared to do some battening,
But what the hell are hatches?

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  1. Date: 11/3/2012 12:48:00 AM
    You described to a tee the common scene in our area over the weekend. We got through Sandy without any damage in our area. Unfortunately, many others were not so lucky. The storm's aftermath is all they are talking about on the news reports.

  1. Date: 10/31/2012 12:58:00 PM
    I assume that saying is from the boating world. But I think you playfully knew that. And if not, well there you go. :) Hope you don't need a boat. Take care!!!

  1. Date: 10/28/2012 1:23:00 PM
    Hmmm!... hatches! Do I have those and how do I batten them down??? It is soooo rare we hear a hurricane warning or the effects of one up here in Canada that we think we're immune! Not so sure with this one... scary!

  1. Date: 10/27/2012 8:14:00 PM
    Very playful. I enjoyed it a lot more than my piece on the storm. Stay dry!

  1. Date: 10/27/2012 7:12:00 PM
    This is cute Ilene. I hope you don't get washed out in the storm. We are having vog so thick you could cut it with a knife right now and I would welcome a bit of rain to clean the air. Our volcano is kicking up her heels!

  1. Date: 10/27/2012 5:57:00 PM
    Perfect write on what we are prepping for here in NY. Good to be reading you today. Hugs Michael

  1. Date: 10/27/2012 5:51:00 PM
    hahaha. Sometimes words are that way. You're like WHAT the heck is that???