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FARMCOLLIE  October 2004

FARMCOLLIE October 2004

Subject:

Fw: Twas the night before Frances

From:

vicci <[log in to unmask]>

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Farm Collie Breed Conservancy and Restoration <[log in to unmask]>

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Sat, 16 Oct 2004 19:54:31 -0000

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: Twas the night before Frances


> 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!"
>
> (author unknown)

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