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A Windy Night


“Will ya look at that?” Emma says. “Branches all over the yard are bad enough, but that one that smashed into Lincoln’s house is huge. And it’s still up there!”

“I know! I saw the whole thing from inside my cedar hedge home when it happened.”

The Captain pulled the treetop off the woodshed roof with his old beater truck while the Admiral ran for the tape measure. Thirty feet snapped right off the top of a tree to the left of the woodshed.

And another long branch is still up there – it got hung up on the way down.

“Good grief!” wails Lincoln. “That was my lookout tree. The whole top is gone. And I had plans for all those cones left on the tree.”

“I feel just sick!”

The forces of nature make changes on Earth,

They make creatures realize what life is worth,

The wind can move trees and the branches around,

It howls and it yowls with a frightening sound,

The birds and the squirrels take cover and hide,

They shiver and shake while the storm they outride,

But after a night that they spent curled up tight,

They creep out and check in the bright morning light,

To see if their home world is standing there still,

It’s been slightly changed, but survive it they will.

Author: wordsfromanneli

Writing, travel, photography, nature, more writing....

44 thoughts on “A Windy Night

  1. Oh gosh. I hope everyone is safe, Anneli. I’m not a fan of wind.

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  2. Oh wow. Scary. Is the shed damaged? Glad the trees didn’t land on the house. Good luck removing the debris.

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  3. Oh no! The look on Emma’s face says it all! I hope nothing was damaged.

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  4. Good grief, Anneli, what a storm! I love how you envision through your animals’ eyes.

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  5. I hope the very full wood shed roof wasn’t damaged, Emma is a beautiful girl. Lincoln survived!

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  6. I hope it didn’t do any harm to the shed!

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  7. Emma and company look a bit shook up. Quite the storm, I hope there was no damage to your house.

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  8. Wow! That’s a wind storm! Any damage to your house? Glad to hear that the dear little Lincoln is safe. 🙂

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  9. You were so lucky that the woodshed didn´t get damaged and that Lincoln survived! Lots of work to clean up this mess!

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  10. There is so much action in your backyard!

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  11. Poor Lincoln!!! And poor Captain! the gardener HATES the wind. He grumbles more about that than anything else!!!

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  12. Wow! That was quite a storm! I hope all is well.

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  13. I hope you save everyone of your nature poems, Anneli, because they would be terrific in a poem anthology of animals and nature and humans observing it all. We feel like it has been a windier winter and spring than we’ve ever experienced before. And so many tree branches down. The squirrels and birds are constantly reevaluating their home perch.

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  14. Oh, my! What a disaster for poor Lincoln losing his lookout and his plans for the cones. Luckily no one was hurt. I love, Anneli, how you get inside these cute creatures heads and always have the right shot to go with your poems.

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    • Thanks a lot, Carol. I take a whole bunch of pictures in a few minutes and then I look at them close up to see what’s going on. Sometimes they just seem to speak to me. The expressions on their faces and their body language is so much like ours that it isn’t hard to imagine what they’re thinking.

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