Saturday, April 30, 2016

Ninnekah

Debris wrapped tree
mattress in the branches
Oklahoma Maypole

For Magaly's prompt at Real Toads

Note: The very small town of Ninnekah, Oklahoma was hit by a tornado last night.  In the news photo that inspired this poem, the mattress (presumably from a home) is actually hanging from telephone wires.


16 comments:

Helen said...

I cannot imagine .....

brudberg said...

That was extremely visual... I think I prefer the maypole dressed in leaves.

Magaly Guerrero said...

So vivid... and terribly sad.

Outlawyer said...

Crazy and awful. The town has a perfect name for the poem though. (Don't mean to diminish feeling sorry for them.) Thanks as always for your inspiration this month, MZ. k.

Ellecee said...

Oh how awful, I can't imagine the kind of terror that comes with these monsters of nature. You have told it as it is.

Gemma Wiseman said...

Devastating performance by Mother Nature. She knows how to parade the beauty and unleash the terror. The brevity of your poem highlights the surprise and shock of such an incident.

Susie Clevenger said...

Nature can have such a cruel dance.

Rosemary Nissen-Wade said...

Well that's a maypole with a difference! Poor town – a striking image for sure.

Sherry Blue Sky said...

Wow! An unusual sight......the tornado must have been terrible, but I still appreciated the humor in "Oklahoma maypole." It reminds me of a tree trunk out one of our redneck country roads, where over the years people have tacked every manner of old shoe all the way up the trunk. Last time I passed, there was even a rocking chair up there! Smiles.

Sanaa Rizvi said...

Oh that tornado hit sounds devastating..!! Powerful write.

J Cosmo Newbery said...

I've never liked the maypole dance.

Kerry O'Connor said...

Oh wow! That is a stark reminder of the rough winds of May.

De said...

Holy cow! I want so much to laugh at your clever, clever take on this. But a mattress up that high? Goodness.

Fireblossom said...

"Honey, did you leave the window open again? Honey? OH SHIT!" :-P

Rommy said...

I've heard the storms in that part of the U.S. can be very fierce. I imagine the storm that got it up there was terrifying. Yet, there is a thread of bleak humor in the phrase "Oklahoma Maypole" I can appreciate.

Gillena Cox said...

WOW sad yes, yet!!!! your poets soul zoomed in to capture a perfect moment

much love...