When Hurricane Sandy Came to Town

Huge thanks to all who have opened their homes, businesses and talents to help others during this difficult time--and some silly words to put a smile on your face.

I am completely bedazzled by the fortitude and generosity many individuals, families and businesses have shown in this difficult time.  They have helped those that are trapped by fallen trees, helped hook up temporary electrical solutions and taken in neighbor after neighbor for food, hot showers, company and consolation.

Sadly, as we wait it out for power and water I have little to offer at this time but a sense of humor—hoping the following ditty may bring a smile to your face and that our lives are returned to some semblance of normal soon: 

When Hurricane Sandy Came to Town

It was two nights before Halloween and all through the town

The wind was a-howling, knocking trees down.

Storm Sandy had come, although uninvited

With hurricane force she was so delighted

To bring devastation to all the East Coast

A once in a hundred year event, the meteorologists would boast

(forgetting of course, they said the very same thing

Just one year before and an earlier Spring.)


Touching down along the Jersey Shore

It seems beloved beaches are no more

And ‘fugget about’ those boardwalk rides

In Atlantic City and sunny Seaside

The coasters in the water and The Whip is underneath

And there’s sand up on the pavement on all the inner streets

You know it must be horrible to see

When even Christie and Obama have something to agree.


And in the Battery the water kept rising high

Filling up the subways and leaving very little dry

While in the City that is never supposed to sleep

There was very little action in avenues and streets

Collectively they held their breath 

As cranes dangled with sudden death

And up in their steel and concrete towers

Millions curse their long days without power.


In the Rockaways waves beat upon the shore

While the Long Beach barrier is no more

(That is the conclusion you must say

When ocean water meets the bay.)

And all along the island Long

Things were turning right to wrong

Even the East Hampton rich

Found out that ‘ocean-front’ can be a b---.


Now those further north were not spared

Only in comparison lucky how they fared

Along the Hudson surged the tide

That flooded towns far and wide

In Connecticut and Westchester winds were not slowed

Flinging trees and wires on the roads

Now thousands are stuck home without light or heat

And children (again!) miss out on trick or treat.


So if you want to scare in years to come

Just remind the kids of Sandy the Frankenstorm!

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Jeanne Gilholm November 05, 2012 at 01:51 PM
Thank your for your enjoyable poem. Very well written and sadly so true. I wish everyone affected by this horrible storm better days, SOON.
Gia November 06, 2012 at 01:49 AM
a good one, thank you!
Lokel Yokel November 06, 2012 at 04:27 PM
This added a little light to my otherwise dark and powerless day. Thanks practically grow.
Jo Pisani November 06, 2012 at 06:31 PM
Thank you. Great writing. great mind Anyone here know where I can get some gas in the Yorktown area ?


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