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16 Years Ago Today
by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner

Tuesday, January 17, 2012
Rated "G" by the Author.
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16 Years Ago Today ... an EF-1 tornado took the roof off of my apartments.

(Image 2011, Karla Dorman)

Off and on thunder does not reveal
what evil ... thing ... is lurking in the

Get off work, walk to a local fast
food joint, walk back home.  Eat,

to my best friend's apartment.  Sit
down to watch the news.  Want to

the weather, but it catches us by
surprise:  the power goes out and

tornado sirens ramp up.  HER SON
IS UPSTAIRS!  One of us goes up,

him out of bed, we run into the tiny
half bath (the only place to hide).  

only sounds are her prayers and a
'WHUMP' (What was that?!?).  It

like forever, but the sirens finally
quit.  No damage that we can see.

God ... but what are all those fire
trucks and ambulances and police

doing on my side of the complex?!?
A NEWS CREW?!???  The roof is

back like a banana.  The rain falling
upstairs floods downstairs; Niagara

is pouring out of my ceiling light
fixture.  THIS can't be good.  Out of

apartment for over two months until
repairs are done.  16 years ago,

© 2012, Karla Dorman (1/17) 

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Reviewed by Amor Sabor 4/9/2012
What a horrifying experience to go through, Karla...and the odds are too great to see that again...I certainly hope you do not have to anymore.
Reviewed by Michelle Kidwell Power In The Pen 1/23/2012
How scary, well done poem though!!!
In Christs Love
Reviewed by Kate Clifford 1/21/2012
the power of nature brought to us with the power of the pen. Good write!
Reviewed by jude forese 1/18/2012
wow, what a drag ... something u never quite get over ...
Reviewed by Jon Willey 1/18/2012
a horrifying experience Karla -- may you never again be exposed top such ravenous forces and danger my dear friend -- I bid you joy and peace -- Jon Michael
Reviewed by D. Vegas 1/17/2012
Wow, scary indeed!

Reviewed by Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado 1/17/2012
Wow, powerfully imaged poem; I could just hear the winds and see the lightning/devastation! Such a feeling of helplessness you must have endured, but glad that you all made it through! And especially glad that you got your roof fixed and got to return home!! I can see why you hate storms; I would too if THIS happened to ME! Well done, Karla, and the picture is fantastic!

(((HUGS))) and much love, your twin, Karen Lynn. :(
Reviewed by Ronald Hull 1/17/2012
A lasting memory. My mother remembers a tornado that devastated farms across the road from my grandparents' farm, but spared theirs. She was just a child, but remembers the long trench they dug to bury the horses and cows that died. There were stories of the river losing all of its water and it raining fish. There was one guy who claimed to have flown through the air a great distance, looking down at the river with no water in it.

I hope your nightmares of that day sixteen years ago are soon over.


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