Oklahoma prairie grasslands
there on the open plains 
where winds are built to run wild
reaching speeds not found anywhere else on earth
nature’s unbridled super storms
remarkable power to undo lives
sirens wail
emergency broadcasts
Doplar radar and real time
TV footage 
streaming full hd
CNN floods the airwaves ~
all hearts pray and hold on
this time no escape 
walls cascade down 
blown out and tossed away
frame by frame
survivors buried in rubble ~
we come up for air
a time of sheer shock
a time to hold each other
a time for neighbors helping
neighbors ~
once again we stand
a time to grieve
a time to feel our pain
a time to remember
lives lost
and cherish those we love
from the tornado wreckage
humanity lifts 
with a call of mighty arms
clearing wind blown heaps
and uncovering
sacred ground to rebuild upon ~
God bless us
we are stronger than any storm
with hope in our hearts 
we turn another page ~
to begin once more