Tornado of Hope

What can a poet do in a tornado?
Cling to an ethereal tree
While the howling winds of an angry planet
Rip the words from their hearts?
From their lives?
A tree whose roots were planted
In lands where seeds have been grown for ages
In their hearts.
In their lives.
Lives lost in the Heartland.


A poet climbs an ethereal tree!
Planting their feet on the roots of cohesion
Ascending on the branches of hope
To make tangible a crown of support
To bear witness!
As the flags of survival are instilled,
Red in a pool of brotherhood.
White in the care of love.
Blue in the protection of response.
Proudly writing the American song!

A poet descends a material tree.
Calming the maelstrom of fear
With words of truth and understanding
Yet cry a warning to the future....

The Earth knows not what it does
It can only be what it is.
What it has become.

About this poem

I was going to make a funny when I heard a fellow poet lived in the path of recent tornados. What does a poet do in a tornado? Cling to an ethereal tree? Then I saw the destruction on the news and found nothing funny about the tragedy playing out in our Heartland.

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Written on December 15, 2021

Submitted by Billigami on January 09, 2022

Modified on March 05, 2023

57 sec read

Quick analysis:

Closest metre Iambic tetrameter
Characters 859
Words 190
Stanzas 4
Stanza Lengths 10, 10, 4, 3

William Michael Reeves

William Michael Reeves, a.k.a Billigami, lives in Seattle. Works as a nurses aide and has drawn inspiration from experiences as a caregiver. more…

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