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Apr 10
(NaPoWriMo Challenge: April 10, 2019)

There’s a particular thrill
in being the moving thing,
the beast to send all others
into shelters, the efficient,
awesome torpedo
doing what you’re meant to do.

A good work team is like a fire of wind,
all the muscles of the engine burning
three-hundred miles an hour.

In Kansas they call it a twister,
a confluence of conditions
that send everyone into the cellar
listening to the cyclone rip up floorboards
and tip over all the tables.

In Missouri it was a tornado and a basement.
In an office it’s called innovation and disruption.
And a time comes for climbing out of gullies
and dusty bathtubs and diligently rebuilding the town.
And then saying benediction for the dead.
Prompt: "write a poem that starts from a regional phrase, particularly one to describe a weather phenomenon."
Mary McCray
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Mary McCray
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