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Nov 2011
It came at night,
a howling wind,
when gentle Spring
had been expected.
Gumtree pond
Homes destroyed,
bodies everywhere,

In the silent
there , the sound
of a baby

Baby Elvis
had survived
when all around
folks keened
for those
who died.
The Tupelo Tornado struck Tupelo Mississippi during the night of April 5-6, 1936. The prosperous neighborhood of Gumtree pond was devastated with 216 recorded deaths among the white population. Baby Elvis Presley was among the survivors and went on to make a bit of a name for himself.
John F McCullagh
Written by
John F McCullagh  63/M/NY
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