The Warning

Sitting on a fence

the swallow begins to sing

symptomatic changes of weather

as sirens ring

Take cover

calm between the storms

a tornado is coming

stronger than the norm

Sounding like a train

tornado getting stronger

swallow moves on

can’t stay any longer

Spouting in the water

moving along a path

finally receding into the clouds

leaving signs of its wrath

People emerge

no one is harmed

a wonderful relief

everyone heeded the alarm

The sun shines

the swallow sings a happy song

community working together

bonds are strong

Community restored

there is a celebration

living in harmony

in the nation

copyright 2021 Debbie Pierce


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