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Poem: Awaiting Rescue

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Poem Summary

Awaiting rescue is a poem about trying to ride out the hurricane in one's house hoping to protect his possessions. As the storm becomes violent he wonders why he stayed as he listens to the wind. Rain forms a pond in his living room while his car has drifted away. He panics as he awaits rescue.

"Never Before Heard 911 Calls From Hurricane Katrina by CBS Evening News"


Awaiting Rescue

Listening with jittery nerves,

the raging wind

fiercely howls,

shutters rip away,

rafters bang on the roof,

he wonders

why he is riding out this storm.

He thought his soul

would be fearless

with not an ounce of panic,

safeguarding his possessions

as he watched the strorm.

Rain pelts down

through the cracks in the ceiling,

a pond now on the living room floor,

recessed plywood rips off

violently shattering the glass.

He grasp a dimly lit flashlight

rushing to see

sheets of rain swirling down

into a newly formed lake

where his car used to be.

A sinking feeling

sits in the pit of his stomach,

growing deeper

with a rapid pulse of panic

engulfing his body,

as he anxiuosly awaits rescue.


"Weather Caught On Camera - Stuck on Toof During Katrina by The Weather Channel"



BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on May 14, 2021:


Thank you.

Luckily, I have never experienced anything like this...I was just trying to imagine how it would feel.

Take care.

Misbah Sheikh from The World of Poets on May 14, 2021:

Brenda, you expressed it very well. our muscles clench, our temperature skyrockets, or our stomach turns. We get panic. With a mind in overdrive, we are deaf to everything our partner says. When facing such situation.The feeling of helplessness.

Awaiting rescue. The frustration of waiting to get help. I enjoyed it

Blessings and love

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on May 14, 2021:

Riding out the storm

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