watch & warnings

hunkered down in my basement office
as the national weather service says
tornadoes on ground to the east and west
traveling in the direction of our town
where you blithely eat deli sandwiches
in the car chattering with our kids

black as midnight outside my window
thunder reverberating like a kettledrum
bouncing off the fields and mountains
i wish you were home i wish you were home
ah please let's all be home cocooned
as before's darkness is irrelevant now.