Monday Poetry with Melissa Fry Beasley: Oklahoma Strong

Monday Poetry with Melissa Fry Beasley: Oklahoma Strong

Time for Poetry on Yareah Magazine. Today, with Melissa Fry Beasley and her poem Oklahoma Strong

Monday Poetry with Melissa Fry Beasley Oklahoma Strong

Desert storms are often accompanied by violent winds, and pass rapidly. Photo credit: wikipedia

Oklahoma Strong

Heavy clouds hanging.
Darkness fell & flattened,
Dropped to the earth like a gourd rattle.
Fearful roaring carving trails of destruction.
Houses shook becoming matchsticks,
Disintegrated, lifted off foundations.
Electric snakes hissing along the wires
Like a sky rocket starting on its upward flight.
Trees debarked.
Hungry monster breaking up towns.
Hearts broken, overwhelmed.
Everything ripping apart at the seams.
Power of nature vs.
The strength of a community pulling together.
Optimism undiminished.
Hero teachers covering themselves in debris.
While shielding our precious babies.
Praying and singing.
Taking the weight of walls and worlds,
To save those around them.
People vowing to rebuild,
No matter how long the road.
Knowing there is place like home,
Oklahoma our roots.
Strong & proud.
God alone knows what we have been through.
Nothing can hold us down.

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  • IZara

    Tragic! Sorry Melissa Fry Beasley, I’m really sorry.

  • Isadora

    Tragic. Nature can be dangerous. Best wishes to Oklahoma friends and to you, Melissa Fry Beasley. Thanks for sharing this poem

  • Isabel del Rio

    Best wishes to you, Melissa, and your friends. I hope everything was arranged soon. Beautiful poem

  • beautifully said, melissa – many caring and healing thoughts to all those impacted in oklahoma! [yesteryear and today]

  • Thank you everyone so much for your kind comments, prayers, and well wishes. They mean much …. and we will all get through this here together. 🙂

  • Many brave people, much hope for humanity born to community, within your shared thoughts, and words. How is the community going, how is the recovery Melissa?


Melissa Fry Beasley is a Humanistic poet of Cherokee origin, who resides in Oklahoma . Through the written and spoken word, she examines the gap between the ideal and the reality involved in living in the world during this time. Her work is both personal and subjective, yet she does not turn aside from the political and social issues of her environment. She is a woman who seeks to express her individual perspective and needs while accepting the diversity involved in questions of gender, race and culture. Melissa believes that change is necessary and deploys her writing to reflect her personal experience in the wider social and political context. You can find her work in print and online in Indian Country Today Media Network, Native News Today, The Native American Encyclopedia, FirstPeople.Us, Working Effectively With Aboriginal People, Churn Magazine, Big River Poetry Review, Enhance Magazine, A&U Magazine, and many others. She has two chapbooks forthcoming. " When I admire the wonders of a sunset or the beauty of the moon, my soul expands in the worship of the creator." Mahatma Gandhi " They won't break me because the desire for freedom, and the freedom of the people, is in my heart. The day will dawn when all the people of will have the desire for freedom to show. It is then that we will see the rising of the moon." Bobby Sands

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