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  • Texas | Columns | "Once Upon A Line"

    Blue Norther

    by David Knape
    Striking without warning
    A Blue Norther comes in mean and hard
    Barging in like unwanted company

    A blue line
    Defined with clear distinction
    is drawn across the darkened sky
    Behind it is the Norther
    Barreling down full force,
    Rattling windows, Banging screen doors,
    Breaking things

    The sky turns dark and the temperature
    drops like a rock, ice is in the air
    its bite felt in aching bones

    Artic air, packed with nails and needles
    blasts down from Canada
    Picks up steam through Kansas, Oklahoma
    Jumps the Red River and keeps coming

    It sends hats and umbrellas flying
    sends daggers through short sleeves and jeans
    we brace ourselves, we hold on

    What was a nice sunshiny day
    Is brushed aside in a moment
    Replaced by an ugly brute with a bad disposition

    People canít believe their senses
    hurry to close windows, test their heaters,
    Frightened children run inside to momma

    The wind keeps whistling, screeching like a wicked witch,
    howling with amusement
    wreaking havoc along the way

    The Northerís come in
    And changed the season on us
    Itís gone from summer to winter in ten minutes
    We never knew what hit us.


    © d.knape

    September 13, 2012
    More "Once Upon A Line" - Light verse and poetry by d.knape
    Copano Bay TX Sundown
    The welcomed front arrives in Copano Bay
    Photo Courtesy Ken Rudine, September 2012
    Brids coming in with the norther
    Disorganized birds blown in with the front
    Photo Courtesy Ken Rudine, September 2012

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