tornado season . . .

Growing up in Oklahoma, I was no stranger to the annual springtime threat of tornadoes. I can remember many times when my family answered the siren’s call by trekking underground to the relative safety of our home’s full basement to wait out a storm. An old gas stove and a vintage dining table and chairs provided the illusion of creature comforts, and I can still see us–my mother, my father, myself and my three sisters–circling the candlelight, passing time together until the all-clear sounded.

My heart goes out to all the victims and survivors suffering in the wake of yesterday’s massive tornado in Moore, Okla. May they find peace and comfort in each others’ arms.

tornado season–
against the odds
we huddle together

Lifting the Sky: Southwestern Haiku & Haiga, 2013


About Margaret Dornaus

I’m a writer and a teacher, as well as a haiku-doodler. I live in a beautiful woodland setting, surrounded by native oak forests, that inspires me to record haiku snapshots of luna moths and our resident roadrunner, and even an occasional black bear as it hightails it across the top of my road, my mongrel dog barking at its heels as I watch with wonder. My work as a travel writer has appeared in publications from The Dallas Morning News to the Robb Report. You can find examples of my travel writing–as well as excerpts from a travel memoir I’m working on–at my other WordPress site, Travelin’ On. What more than that do you need to know? Only that I started this blog with an eye toward collaboration. Got a haiku? Send it my way. . . . I’m all about new visions & voices. Best, Margaret
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2 Responses to tornado season . . .

  1. Janet L. D. says:

    I can relate well to your lovely words here. I still have many relatives living in OK, including a cousin in Moore, where the massive tornado missed his home by 1/4 mile.

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