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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

Awaiting Rescue

Listening with jittery nerves

to the raging wind

fiercely howling,

as shutters rip away

and rafters bang on the roof,

he wonders why he thought

he could ride out the storm.


He thought his soul

would be fearless

with not an ounce of panic,

safeguarding his possessions

as he watches the strorm

devastate everything he owns.


Rain pelts down

through the cracks in the ceiling,

a pond now on the living room floor,

recessed plywood rips off violently

shattering 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"

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