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'Twas the night before Frances When all through the state
Not a gas pump was pumping,not a store open late
All the plywood was hung On the windows with care
Knowing that a hurricane Soon would be there.

The children were ready With flashlights in hand
While bands from the hurricane Covered over the land
And mamma with her Mag-Lite and I in my cap
Had just filled the bath tub for flushing our crap

When out on the lawn, there arose such a clatter
I sprang from the closet to see what was the matter
The trees on the fence, and the neighbor's roof torn,
Gave the fear of us dying in this terrible storm.

With a little wind gust,so lively and quick,
I remembered quite clearly Our walls weren't brick!
More rapid than eagles, her courses they came
And she whistled, and wafted and surged all the same

Off shingles! Off sidings! Off rooftops! Off power!
Down trees! Down fences! Down trailers! Down towers!
In the center of Florida she continued to maul
Screaming Blow Away! Blow Away! Blow Away All!

As wind ripped and tossed the debris through the sky
I peeked out the shutters at cars floating by
So go to the safe-room my family did do
With a portable radio and batteries too

And then, in a twinkling I heard on the set
The end was not coming for a few hours yet!
As I calmed down the kids, and was turning around
Through the window it came With a huge crashing sound

A tree branch it was all covered in soot.
The wind blew it smack-dab on top of my foot
A bundle of twigs now lay in a stack
And my living room looks like it was under attack

The wind - how it howled! The storm - very scary!
Myself and the family Were all too unwary.
The dangers of hurricanes are serious, you know
They are taken for granted as Frances did show

With the winds dying down and the danger beneath
I noticed my tool shed was missing its sheath
So I grabbed my last tarp and nailed it on down
Then I got in my car and I headed to town

The traffic was awful and stores had no ice
My five gallon cooler would have to suffice
Generators were scarce, not one left in town
There were trees on the roads and power lines down.

FEMA was ready With people to work
Electrical companies came in from New York
And in the midst of this peculiar routine
Another storm emerged named Hurricane Jeanne

I sprang to the car and gave my family a whistle
Then away we all went like a Tomahawk missile
You could hear us exclaim as we drove out of sight
"The hell with this place, Vermont seems just right!"
 

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Bravo ~ Bravo! That deserves proper publishing.
 
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