Seiche: a standing wave oscillating in a body of water.
A seiche is caused :
when strong winds and rapid changes in atmospheric pressure push water from one end of a body of water to the other.
Seiche, ‘say it with me: say-sh,’ a tweet from Buffalo this morning.
Doom waiting to happen, Facebook says.
Stormhunters are at the Erie shore.
In my head I’m in a crouch
Hunched under the desk at school
Hands over head, to protect myself
We used to cross the street from home to home
On crystal Cold War summer nights
Chins tucked into necks
In case an ICBM should arc above us
Heading for Detroit.
We would be gone, but first we’d see the blast.
Destruction threats encroach on life
Tautening sinew, producing angst.
I am unnerved by warnings
Of tornadoes, floods and hurricanes,
I yip and yap
In panic like a poodle unable to control its bark.
Terrorism does me in.