Life can be hard but as you will begin to see
It seems easy compared to what happened to me
The storms clouds came in thick and dark as night
It took us by surprise, no one expected this sight
The winds began to blow as they roared down the plain
Tearing everything up it touch, like a runaway freight train
Those along the coast know how hurricanes can be
But here in the midwest, its tornadoes we usually see
The width of the destruction on an in-land hurricane
Makes our widest tornado look like a minor pain
A reminder to us all, no matter where we live
Mother Nature is a force, her respect we must give.
When you get slapped in the face by something you can’t describe or understand, you write about it to help ease the pain. I was a very fortunate being through this fiasco but I have many friends who were not as fortunate. Some paid with their lives.
There are still areas without power, and cleanup will be for months. Some of these trees were decades if not over 100s of years old. Two other picture I wanted to include but it didn’t fit in the poem was one house was hit by an airplane wing that had been ripped off of a plane and sent flying. The other one was where a house was destroyed and a beam from it was sent through a house across the street.
If you are a prayerful person, please send this part of the US your prayers. Much loss of homes, business and the farming industry was crushed. And I don’t even want to talk about the wild animals that were killed and displaced.
If you care to see further pictures, they are all over the internet. Look for Iowa 2020 Derecho.
It is hard for me to close as I always do, but now more than ever, this world needs to see, feel and receive as much kindness as we can share with each other. There are lots of storms facing all of us all over this world. Please always be kind.