this is not a drill

Writers often cause a chain reaction. This is a “response poem” linked to Jill’s prompt at dVerse Poetics. I’m writing a response to this senyru by Elsie at Ramblings of a Writer:


press the wrong button

at peace reading a manga

touch can tell a tale


who wrote in response to a prompt at Ronovan Writes, using words “press” and “touch”.  Check out the links to follow the trail. My poem in tanka form based on real experience while visiting Hawaii last week…thankfully a false alarm!



press alert message

incoming missile threatens

touch panic button

count down minutes before end

value life with clarity









“For the mountains may depart and the hills be removed, but my steadfast love shall not depart from you, and my covenant of peace shall not be removed,” says the LORD, who has compassion on you.     -Isaiah 54:10

39 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. katiemiafrederick
    Jan 22, 2018 @ 16:54:48

    Hehe Lynn this is no
    FauX AlArm i am
    late but never
    ending now
    i am
    thaN tHaT
    as far as Cheshire
    KaTS Go.. SMiLES.. From:
    i Have oTHeR Rabbit Holes to: aTTenD..;)


  2. Bekkie Sanchez
    Jan 21, 2018 @ 12:23:04

    A timely response!


  3. Singledust
    Jan 21, 2018 @ 03:52:07

    you captured the panic and then the calm perfectly


  4. purplepeninportland
    Jan 20, 2018 @ 19:36:14

    That must have been terrifying. I like viewing life with clarity.


  5. Charley
    Jan 19, 2018 @ 20:16:01

    Horrible to be there! Horrible that Hawaii’s Civil Defense Crew is the Keystone Kops. Wonderful writing from moments of terror and too long a period of incompetence. I spent a total of three years in the shadow of North Korea under the second madman. They seem to have a progressive stupid gene. Prayer is called for.


  6. nosaintaugustine
    Jan 19, 2018 @ 18:04:21

    How awful you had to endure that! What a world we’ve inherited. So glad you and everyone are safe.


  7. jillys2016
    Jan 19, 2018 @ 09:13:43

    Lynn!! What you did with words to describe this event is marvelous! I admire how you turned the words to have multiple meanings. I also wonder at all that you and others went through over this ‘Oops’ moment.


  8. Björn Rudberg (brudberg)
    Jan 19, 2018 @ 09:12:30

    Oh.. you were there… how terrifying… I imagine that it might happen one day… and that single missile will chain-react into doomsday…


  9. Frank Hubeny
    Jan 19, 2018 @ 08:39:10

    I liked your response to the senryu and the warning.


  10. Jane Dougherty
    Jan 19, 2018 @ 07:44:36

    Thank goodness it was a drill! Or at least, it wasn’t a real attack. Your response is as blunt as the tweet!


  11. Vivian Zems
    Jan 19, 2018 @ 03:49:03

    Wow! You were in the middle of THAT!?? First of all- I love your tanka in response to Elsie’s haiku. Thank God it was a false alarm.


  12. kiwinana
    Jan 18, 2018 @ 22:45:17

    Thanks, that is a chain of events, “this is not a drill” I still think there is more to come about this event.
    So sorry your Wedding Anniversary celebrations were in this world crisis, something you will never forget.


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