Gotta light?

Cash Nash

                   There was a whirlwind at my feet,

                                                               thought I’d follow

him down the street.

    This could quite well have been a  friend.

He frolicked blithely at my side –

                                  gum wrappers and milk cartons glide.

                                       (I’d never seen the street so clean.)

                                         I met him at the “Side Walk’s End”

                                                         where the street makes a “Shell-shaped bend”                

That was years ago in  San Jose.  He’d whip right up

make a big fuss, cuddle my legs

                                    whirling the dust.

                                     We’d stroll  once a week

                                                down 4th to main.

                   I hope by now

                     He’s a wild



I actually did meet this whirlwind in San Jose in 1966.  I have been trying to draw a picture of him, but I’m having trouble with the milk cartons.

He came to mind in Lafayette in 1986 when raising my three children. I needed his help badly.  

I am not sure why I think of him as he.  I am not certain if whirlwinds have gender.   Websters defines a whirlwind as a “small windstorm of rapidly rotating air”  I guess that’s fairly obvious.  

I suppose I should change the last lines to:

We’d stroll one a week to down 4th to Vallejo,

I hope by now he’s a wild Tornado.


He has been a hurricane for so long I can’t bear to change him.  I do believe hurricanes are also rotating.  

Yup, that’s correct.  

A hurricane is defined as “a violent, tropical, cyclonic storm of the western North Atlantic.”  

I am carefully avoiding the lengthy itemized differing definitions because this one suits my purpose, and I probably will not convert my whirlwind from a hurricane to a tornado.  

And you, my dear reader, are privy to the agonizing lengths I have taken to publish this very sophisticated contribution to literature.

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