Friday, March 12, 2010
Tornado Watch- Poetry Friday
This is a photo of the Great Nashville Tornado of 1998. We are into tornado season now, and it will last through June. For years after moving to Nashville I had tornado nightmares. I worked the day of the Great Tornado. No one at the hospital I then worked at was allowed to leave until midnight. No one knew how many injured there might be. I wrote this that year.
Into this still warm
Subtle winter of the south
Comes a hard wind,
Born of warm day and wide Gulf
And all the pines and sloughs and mud of Alabama
Comes a hard wind
Savaging the shingles. Playing pizzacato
On the nerves behind the trembling window pane.
"North and East!", it calls
To great conquering lows of splintering and wildness.
Spent in after whimper
Of aimless flakes and crows subdued among the trees.
Among the split trees, scattered garbage bins,
Nerves unnerved behind the trembling window pane.