The violent storm blew south of us last night
but earth was shrouded in a dreadful dark.
Late afternoon should still have been quite light.
As ocean waves deliver up a shark,
the danger sirens rang. Tornadoes whirled,
wrapped tight in rain. Wild winds of 70
to 80 miles per hour grabbed hold and curled
tree branches into mangled scraps, debris.
This morning, all has cooled. Sunshine abounds
as if no damage has occurred. The storm
passed through and made its mark upon our grounds.
Today a lowering of “hot” to “warm.”