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Poem: "The Tornado Blew Away"

This should've been posted long ago, but I can't find it, so my blog seems to have eaten it.

This was the linkback perk-poem for the January 5, 2016 Poetry Fishbowl, originally hosted by DW user Dialecticdreamer.  It's spillover from the December 1, 2015 Poetry Fishbowl.  It was inspired by a prompt from thnidu.  It belongs to the Calliope thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.


The Tornado Blew Away


Lucy-Lynn lived in Oklahoma, not Kansas,
but when Dorothy came to town riding a twister,
Lucy-Lynn knew who she was at once, even if
she said her name was Calliope.

Lucy-Lynn had been scared half to death
when the tornado blew away part of
the sleepy little town where she lived.

She was a big girl, though;
she knew that they were safe
in the storm shelter.

The problem was that forest wasn't safe,
and therefore the birds weren't safe,
and there wasn't much of that kind
of forest or those birds left.

Lucy-Lynn trudged through the mess
left by the tornado, keeping an eye
on the still-gray sky, and she put
the fallen nests, eggs and all, into
a warm box lined with a towel.

So when Dorothy rode a twister
into town to help clean up the place,
Lucy-Lynn waited for a good time and then
tugged on her dusty pink-and-blue cape.

"Dorothy, can you help me fix the trees?"
asked Lucy-Lynn. "The tornado blew away
everything. Lots of people are fixing the town,
but the forest is broken too and it's important."

Dorothy listened politely to Lucy-Lynn and
then asked to see what was left of the woods.

So Lucy-Lynn led her there, and together
they found the trees that used to hold nests
and they put the nests back where they belonged
in hopes that the mommy birds would come back.

"These are where the red-cockaded woodpeckers
like to live," Lucy-Lynn explained as she pointed
to holes in the fallen trees. "But they only want
rotten trees, and all those came down."

"We can prop them back up," said Dorothy,
and called some men from town to come
with hammers and nails and wire
to fix up the woodpecker trees.

"Thank you," said Lucy-Lynn.
"I'm sure the woodpeckers
will be very grateful too."

"There now, that's better," said Dorothy.
She pointed to a pair of black-and-white birds
already checking out the repaired trees.
"After all, there's no place like home!"

Lucy-Lynn knew  who she was,
and Dorothy knew that she knew,
and it could just stay between them.

* * *

Notes:

Calliope (Calvin Sanna) -- Calliope comes from Oklahoma; the father's family is Greek-American, while the mother's family is American. Calliope has light olive skin with gray eyes and short hair in shades of lighter and darker blond. Cal is demiromantic demisexual.
Origin: Sucked into a tornado.
Uniform: Feminine-styled costume of dexflan and capery in dusty shades of pink, blue, lavender, and cream.
Qualities: Good (+2) Consideration, Good (+2) Flexible, Good (+2) Handiwork, Good (+2) Listener, Good (+2) Word Puzzles
Poor (-2) Distractible
Powers: Expert (+4) Air Powers (meta-power including Flight, Phasing, Sonic Blast, Tornado Straws, Whirlwind, Windtalking), Average (0) Empathy, Average (0) Shapeshifting
Vulnerability: Air Powers are opposed by Earth Powers. Some Air abilities do not work on an Earth-powered opponent, and vice versa, typically those meant to affect a person directly. Others gain an upshift on damage, typically attacks.
Limitation: So far the Shapeshifting only works to switch between Calvin and Calliope. As the power improves, additional shapes may be gained.
Motivation: Self-discovery.

Lucy-Lynn Simmons -- She has fair skin, dark hazel eyes, and blonde hair with just a little wave. She lives in Oklahoma with her parents. Lucy-Lynn is an Activity Scout and loves exploring nature. While she likes clambering around in the wild, she does not enjoy roughhousing or loud parties.
Qualities: Good (+2) Activity Scout, Good (+2) Kind, Good (+2) Manners, Good (+2) Naturalistic Intelligence
Poor (-2) Roughhousing

* * *

Dorothy: "This is the old house! The one the tornado blew away. This is how I got into Oz the first time. That used to be my bedroom, and in there was the kitchen... And that's where I landed on the Wicked Witch of the East. But where all the munchkins?"
-- The Wizard of Oz

Tornadoes are violent, spiral windstorms.  Oklahoma and Kansas are both in a high-risk area nicknamed "Tornado Alley."  Understand how to prepare for tornadoes and how to clean up after them.

Red-cockaded woodpeckers are native to Oklahoma and listed as endangered.  Storms often knock down nests; tornadoes can fell entire trees.  Here is a flow chart for coping with fallen nests, and of course in Terramagne this version is also necessary.  For serious storm damage, see instructions for replacing a ruined nest.  In most cases, intervention is a simple matter of compassion and available resources, but with endangered species it's crucial to salvage as many as possible.
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