Poem / Poetry – “When The Tornado Strikes”

Hello, hello, let’s go go go folks!

Here’s my entry for NaPoWriMo Day 3.

The official prompt can be found here:-

NaPoWriMo – Day 3

This time round I am having a go at writing a “fourteener”, which may sound like a precocious teenager or a dodgy type of paper based currency banknote but it is in fact a poetic term which relates to writing fourteen syllables per line. So if I think about it in terms of haikus, I should be able to make it out of here in one piece!

Hope you are enjoying the show and feel free to leave a comment below.


“When The Tornado Strikes” by David Ellis

Today is the right day to put everything on the line
Ignore heartache and fear, letting confidence be your guide
All of those risks that you failed to take yesterday morning
Now is the chance to roll the dice, throw caution to the wind

Indecisiveness creates stagnation of your progress
Procrastination only protects you from perceived loss
Heroes are the ones to make sacrifices in their lives
Ensuring wonder, adventure, spontaneous delight

Start a new business or leave home, take the bull by the horns
There are always paths through, no matter how formidable
Break boundaries of society’s own anxieties
Have courage in all your own ideas and abilities

Losing is acceptable if you learn from your mistakes
Never give up on your dreams or face being lost at sea
Be willing to drop everything in a heartbeat for love
When the tornado strikes look it straight in the eye each time
Own the space, don’t be swayed by negative opinion

The difference between success and failure is small
Lives only improve when we decide to make the first move
Death is not the greatest concern here in this random game
What distinguishes us from all the rest is uniqueness
Embrace the present moment and shape it to stay alive

Want more poetry from Day 3? Check out the poems submitted by my fellow wordsmithies below:-

Just Patty – Opposites Attract
Always Chum Poetry – NaPoWriMo – 3/30 – I saw a turtle on Uluru
it’s nothing, really – Is it raining?
Hosking’s Blog – Postpone Time
Unassorted Stories – Who’s Counting?
Perennial Poetry – NOPE!
Shawn Bird – Poem for #NaPoWriMo – Fourteener
arakawa fiction – NaPoWriMo Day 3: “Teenage Rebel”
Digital Gatherings – The echo
Abbie’s Corner of the World – Fun Pun Revisited
Jim’s Little Photo And Poem Place – Crying Song – Day 3 of NaPoWriMo 2015
Alphabet Salad – C is for…Censor
The Lunatic, The Lover & The Poet – “If You Care To Make A Dare, I’ll Make A Bet With You”
Black Ink Pink Desk – My Style is My Style and My Style is My Own
Marilyn Cavicchia – The Feast Begins Anew: NaPoWriMo 2015, Day Three
Ordinary Average Thoughts – NAPOWRIMO 2015, DAY 3: FELINE SIBLING RIVALRY (A POEM)
inktuition – the promise of my new-old writing desk
To Create…The Poet and the Morning Train
Rhyme N Review – NaPoWriMo 2015: Cinderella’s Circumstance
bigger than a lasagna – NaPoWriMo Day Three: Night Terrors
The House Of Bailey – Timeslips
Encyclopaedia Vanitatum – A Memory Postcard
Summer Blues – The Machine
The Product Poet – Love and Honor
Not Enough Poetry – Plumeria
grapeling – now he stoops to embrace me / 3
Divided By Zero – Transplant List for a New Hope
Bag Of Anything- I learned it from watching you
Irene Riz – National Poetry Month: 3 out of 30 – To Mark Chagall
Orientation : Quilter – Mary Beth Frezon – DAY THREE NAPOWRIMO
J Luukkonen Tumblr Poetry – June 14th
Morning – Glory – Garden – Technologies and Tinderboxes
Kiana Donae Poetry – Day 3 – NaPoWriMo 2015
Soul Mary Tumblr – April PAD, Day 03 – Song lyrics, a Fourteener
Two Voices, One Song – A New Pact (Fourteener)
Kneal1 Poetry – Soup of Love Day (3) Napowrimo
A Geek’s Life – NaPoWriMo Day 3- For Forgiveness
The Man with the Blue Guitar – Machine
1st Non-Manuscript – Second Chance
A Collection of Thoughts from Yesterday’s Tomorrow – Conversations
Angrezikabutar – Of Sonnets and Diversions
ALICE-CATHERINE – Poetry at the Post: 14 Lessons From a Visit to the House of Terror Museum
L’Angolo Polveroso – NaPoWriMo 2015 Day 3 – The Blue Dress
Leonas Lines – Poetry Plus – Good Friday
Irresistibly Fish – Good Friday
Memoirs of A Homemaker – FLOWING
Sounds of Time does NaPoWriMo – Day Three: Star Might
I, Mosaic – The Grim Hour


11 thoughts on “Poem / Poetry – “When The Tornado Strikes”

    • Heh heh lol Veronica – what a funny coincidence. You are welcome for the link up, it is fun to have all of these poems on my blog and to share the talent of others 🙂 Glad you are enjoying my sage advice on life, I can’t help but write about these things to help inspire as many as I can

  1. Thanks for the ping back -always an honour. And congrats – that’s a belter. I totally agree with the sentiments – have told people this many a time – if only I could follow my own advice 😉

    • I triple checked my count but your trust is all I can ask for. And a burrito. Your trust and a burrito is all I ask for. And a donut. OK, your trust, a burrito and a donut. And a puppy. Your trust, donut, puppy and a burr….sunglasses! Ok donut, puppy, sunglasses, trust and…a tall frosty beverage. Just…give me the dang trust and I will get all of this other stuff later. Cheers!

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