Tornado Warning

What is a list poem? This poetry style collects a list of people, places, things, ideas, or even words strung together somewhere within a poem to form a list. It is not necessary for the list to rhythm, but the words used should be memorable. I find the freedom when creating a list poem fascinating. The wordplay can be wild and free similar to Indiana weather in the early spring. Therefore, in March, I plan to write a series of list poems. I will title this one Tornado Warning .

Tornado Warning

Warning scrolls across my TV screen

Adams County






And Clay

Weatherman remains silent

Until the threat is real

Get to the basement

There is a threat coming your way

Radar flashes on the screen

Red and purple with a little green

Climb down the rickety stairs

And set among the dust and spiders

Hiding in their holes and lairs

Torrential rainwater washes down the drain

As the sump pump kicks into high gear

Cower until you’re given the all clear

No reason to bellyache and complain

It’s springtime in Indiana

You know what to expect

Wild weather and blooming flowers

Natures beauty and furry something to respect

Whew! I’m finished with my list poems. It’s a good thing because I’m running out o things to make lists about. The entire adventure into lists poems became more difficult as the month of March came to a close. I ended up talking about the weather, which is a very Hoosier pass time. It’s not unusual to experience all four seasons on the same day.

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7 thoughts on “Tornado Warning

    1. There is actually a county in Indiana. It’s one of the few counties I’ve never explored. Every time the warmings roll across the television screen, I wonder where they came up with the name.

      1. Yes, the name is so distinct and memorable. LOL. So fit for a list poetry or any poetry. It sings and has its own rhythm.

    1. It is sort of like that in real life. You glue yourself to the television and try to figure out where your county fits into the flight plan of the tornado.

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