Monday, July 27, 2009

Tornado Alley


All day it can be

Hot and close,

Still as a dragonfly on a leaf--


But when cool meets hot,

It may create a dangerous rotation.


If there's one house for fifty miles,

The funnel will find it.

Forget the casserole--

Run for your life.


But even as the hail comes down

As if God were an angry girlfriend pitching somebody's stuff out the window,

The storm is a fine and transfixing thing.


When you pull on the door and it won't open,

Neither will it stay closed.


When your hair stands up,

When the world goes tilt,

When you could come out shining like some lucky angel

Or turn up dead in the next county,


Well then you know you've been kissed.

Then you know

This was not to be missed.


And after--

Summertime and the livin' is easy.

The air is clear, and you know

Tornado Alley is a fine place

To fall in love.

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9 comments:

Mama Zen said...

I love this!

pheromone girl said...

When I was a child, I wanted to be picked up by a tornado so I could feel how the center part would be - still and calm, while surrounded by chaos.

Kay said...

Oh how wonderful!!!! I just love it, had to read it twice to fall in love all over again....and where is YOUR book :)

jinksy said...

I do like this description of topsy-turvy effects of a kiss. :)

Shadow said...

i have a total total fear of tornadoes. and touch wood, we don't even get them here....

Daryl said...

Tornadoes are fickle arent they, they can lift one up while ignoring the other ... sometimes it happens simultaneously ..

Riot Kitty said...

Amazing analogy.

Scarlet said...

The storm is a fine and transfixing thing...I agree. Let it rain!!! Let it hail!!! It's all a part of what makes it work.

Pouty Lips said...

"Well then you know you've been kissed."

I've had a few microbursts but never a real tornado.