Voices on the Wind
Running Away on a Stormy Evening
by Wilda Morris
Despite the rain, three angry children
determine to run away after supper.
Lisa peeks into the living room to verify
Dad is in his recliner with the Sunday paper.
Lori checks to be sure Mom isn’t quite through
with the dishes. Whispering come
to little brother, they creep out the door
into a darkening world.
Dad rises, quickly
pulls coveralls over his outfit, puts on a hat,
picks up his umbrella and follows the three musketeers
at a distance to be sure they are safe.
Each time lightning gashes the sky and thunder
booms, Jeff trembles. His sisters pull him on.
When Dad is sure he knows where they’re headed,
he cuts through a vacant lot. When the three
turn back toward home, Dad takes the shortcut again,
puts his umbrella in the basement, pulls off
the damp coveralls, returns to his chair, turns on the TV.
Three cold, wet children ring the doorbell,
asked to take warm baths before bedtime.
Later they tell Mom, It was scary!
There was a strange man in the field.