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Waiting For a Winter Storm

By Babs IversonPublished 5 months ago β€’ 1 min read
Top Story - January 2024
Photo by Katt Yukawa on Unsplash

Arctic blast warnings.

Bitter biting barbaric,

Chaotic cold, extreme temperatures.

Driving isn't advised.

Emergency rations ready.

Feels like Alaska.

Groceries in pantry,

Home secure and ready.

Indoors, warm blankets added.

January's checklist checked.

Keep water pipes warm.

Leave water dripping.

Memories of past ice storms.

Nature will nix classes.

Outrages outages,

Power off, power on.


Revolving electricity.

Store supplies, stay home.

Texas, colder than Nebraska,

Under Winter advisory.

Violent winds,

Winterize for extreme weather.

X-ed out each day.

Yearning for,

Zeal of Spring.

* * * * * * *

Author's notes: The Abecaderian poem was written for the Vocal challenge and Mike Singelton's waiting prompt challenge.

Mike Singelton's prompt challenge - "A New Vocal Social Society Challenge

We are always waiting for something, be it Vocal Challenge Results or New Challenges, Vocal Payments πŸ™‚, Inspiration, A Bus or whatever

So Here Is a "Waiting" Prompt and Challenge. It can be a poem, a microfiction, or a full-on story, fictional or personal."

Thank you for reading. You are appreciated.


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About the Creator

Babs Iverson

Barbara J Iversen, also known as Babs Iverson, lives in Texas and loves her grandkids to the moon and back. After writing one story, she found that writing has many benefits especially during a pandemic and a Texas-size Arctic Blast.

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  • SJ Covey3 months ago

    This is brilliant-very clever and a well deserved win πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘

  • Tiffany Gordon 4 months ago

    Congrats on your leaderboard win!πŸ‘πŸΎπŸ‘πŸΎπŸ‘πŸΎπŸ‘πŸΎβœŠπŸΎ

  • Sid Aaron Hirji4 months ago

    We just got passed the cold snap -42f/-44c. With winchill even worse. Nice entry to challenge

  • Thavien Yliaster4 months ago

    I thought "Where's my thermal underwear" would be the line for "w." I know that Texas can get cold, but I never figured that it could get colder than more northern states such as Nebraska. Then again, if I recall correctly there was a period of time when Illinois broke the record for coldest days in recorded American history, especially around Chicago. Makes me wonder if it's because of stuff like humidity.

  • Dana Crandell4 months ago

    Congratulations on the Leader Board win, Babs!

  • Lacy Loar-Gruenler4 months ago

    I liked this so much, Babs, I ran for a blanket, I could feel the chill, and I'm in Florida!

  • Paula Shablo4 months ago

    This is great. Looks like the view out my window right now. We were hit by the polar vortex. Brr!

  • I like how you got a two-for out of your entry (Vocal and Mike's challenges). Your poem hit's hard as I sit here after shoveling our first bout of snow in New Jersey. Schools went from a 2-hour delay to being closed. So your poem is on point! Congrats on Top Story.

  • J. S. Wade4 months ago

    Great poem Babs. πŸ₯°. Congratulations πŸ…

  • Daniela Alejandra4 months ago

    Great poem! Congrats on the Top Story!

  • Donna Fox (HKB)4 months ago

    Babs this is a fabulous Abecedarian!! I can relate soooo hard!! Alberta is in the same suit!! Hope you're staying warm and congrats on Top Story!

  • Cathy Deslippe4 months ago

    It's so chilly here today, your poem was truly inspiring, and I can't wait for Spring, Thank you, great read.

  • Boy did you nail this one. It's freezing here too. Congrats Babs!!

  • Melissa Ingoldsby5 months ago

    Great way to start off our year with below freezing temps lol I love spring too!but I do like winter

  • Raymond G. Taylor5 months ago

    Great poem, Babs, made we shiver just reading it. Good luck with the challenge

  • Kelly Sibley 5 months ago

    I so want to see snow!!! This painted such an informative picture of the northern hemisphere's winter. Well done Babs!

  • Oneg In The Arctic5 months ago

    Ahh yes, winter time 🩡

  • Kodah5 months ago

    Beautiful Babs!!πŸ’•πŸ’–β€οΈ

  • Caroline Craven5 months ago

    Ha! Hear you! Ready for spring! Great entry and congrats on your top story!

  • J. R. Lowe5 months ago

    Ah well done Babs! Love the title haha πŸŽ‰

  • Back to say congratulations on your Top Story! πŸŽ‰πŸ’–πŸŽŠπŸŽ‰πŸ’–πŸŽŠ

  • C. H. Richard5 months ago

    The eternal wait for spring! Loved it ❀️

  • M. A. Mehan 5 months ago

    Stay warm, friend! Awesome poem!

  • K. Kocheryan5 months ago

    And don't forget the toilet paper missing from Costco. Congrats on Top Story!

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