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Suddenly the Storm


Suddenly the Storm
      by Amy Swanson


Beautiful spring day!
     Warm wind so soft
           playfully 
               lovingly
                     kisses my cheek

Dancing breeze 
      quite generous with your touch

                you send the fallen leaves to play
     
                     flying wild
                           like children in an outdoor race


*then quickly*


            sunshine sky darkens, the rains begin...


how could I know
       so soon you would turn

maliciously

                 violently

                                 cruel.

Wind - you grew quite pompous
        puffed yourself up so

                        Gone - the gentle breeze
                           that touched my heart


                     'til
    gathering yourself together

          --- ever faster ---


                             rip-roaring, threatening, all within your path


Gray sky - you accommodate
        destructive ego

                    once gentle wind 
                        now spirals, uncontrolled,
                               whirling, blackened cyclone
                                     no longer at play... 

you seek only to devour.


Those who see you shake
       terrible capabilites you now possess
              in your anger
                    feverishly pushing all down on their knees
                          to worship you in fear and trembling...
                                   expecting all to cower in their homes.



But...

          you are only wind.



Vain and proud, one thing you forget;
     you ride
           *you twist*
                   today's air currents

   (and take such full advantage)

        but only for a moment.


Just as suddenly
       reduced to what you were...

                a simple slight spring breeze before the rains
                     
                         (debris scattered around you from your tantrum)
                         
                                          silently awaiting - 

another day
another place...

you bide your time so well
destructive cycle

                                             *perverting Mother Nature's precious gift*


until the moment you arise once more

     so large, full of yourself

             uninvited, some distant spring day...
               
                     sweet, chiding wind, at first loving and playful

                      
then suddenly

                           the storm.

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  1. Date: 2/14/2009 1:37:00 PM
    Wonderful write Amy. Very easy to get lost in this. The format lends so perfectly to this write. Great work! Love, Robin

  1. Date: 2/14/2009 2:32:00 AM
    lovely lines... beautiful thoughts in this write!! thank you for your thoughts and comments on my poem: Poetry!! loved it!! ~ Arany

  1. Date: 2/13/2009 8:59:00 PM
    Beautifully done! Great work !!! Thank you :)

  1. Date: 2/13/2009 5:12:00 PM
    Excellent work Amy, too many great lines to list them all...Raul

  1. Date: 2/13/2009 11:14:00 AM
    Beautifully done, Amy....the way Mother Nature can be discreet...then suddenly turn around and show her nasty side, .... we have that happen quite often around here, power goes out, and sounds like it will take down the house...sitting up here on a hill, we can get pounded from all sides. Great poem...hope you get some calm sunshine soon! ~ love, Carrie

  1. Date: 2/13/2009 10:42:00 AM
    Hah!! Did you have a hideous wind storm too? Crikey it was awful. A tree landed on our back porch and ripped the railing off. Uninvited indeed!!! LOL Pompous and destructive. I love this. Just brilliant. I consoled myself with chocolate afterwards...it didn't make the tree go away though. LOL Love your crabby friend with lion paws...hugsssss. Christie

  1. Date: 2/13/2009 8:52:00 AM
    Amy WOW - WOW and then wow one more time - I just simply loved this poem from beginning to end - top to bottom - Truly amazing how you wrote this poem so beautifully yet so tragic not to mention the strength and bravery to overcome and still be here - God Bless- MJ

  1. Date: 2/13/2009 8:52:00 AM
    Well written piece that flows so well..great job of personification in the piece. Well done.

  1. Date: 2/13/2009 7:40:00 AM
    Love the way you personified the wind in this write. I once wrote of the wind as well, for it is alive and loves to thrive on its ego, but we see don't we that it's just a lot of wind? LOL Very flowing and so well expressed and composed. Michael

  1. Date: 2/13/2009 7:34:00 AM
    Suddenly the storm.. I love reading your poetry-- it's loaded with energy wonderfully written.. and you have to read it twice--just because.. :)