Poet's Showcase

Twister

By Chantel C. Guidry


I dreamed of tornadoes last night.


I looked out into the distance

And off on the horizon

I watched them form out of nothing at all.

One moment they weren't there

but in the beat of my heart they were

swirling

swirling

swirling.

They appeared white and puffy,

frothy and savage,

like storm clouds deranged and gone wild.


I've never seen a tornado

in my wide awake life,

but last night

they haunted my sleep.


Coming toward me,

No place to hide,

No way to make an escape.


I felt fear and excitement,

elation and terror,

my whole life

narrowed down

to hot wind and dry dust.


-- Chantel C. Guidry lives in Lawrence. Poet's Showcase features work by area poets. Submit your poetry via e-mail with a subject line of Poet's Showcase to mpaget@ljworld.com or send typewritten (not handwritten) submissions to Mindie Paget, 645 N.H., Lawrence 66044, attn: Poet's Showcase. Teen writers should submit their work to the 18 & Under page at teens@ljworld.com.

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