A tribute to the power of wind and sky….
I have witnessed in my life, small as I am…
There are storms that come…
There is wind that changes.
There is rain that must fall….
Out of a clear blue sky, so to say, it comes.
Sometimes hard and fast…
Most times, expected, but not respected….
Blacken the blue sky with tempest hail
A sky juggernaut in heavens wrath
Man throws rocks at the beast
Oh meager man…
The dying blue screams are heard on the wind
Die blue sky as the cloud daimonds shred earth and plain
It’s as a passing angry thought can destroy
Nature has come to show man the majesty of her elemental force
Do what you will.
This too has passed
The finger of God has tasted the earth and found it wanting….
Angry sky, angry wind, angry rain….
It has passed
Nature has become bored with the speck that shakes his fist at the sky
Trying to punch holes in the clouds to let the light back in
Art thou afraid of the dark, small speck?
Nature moves on with her larger plans….
Knowing that with true growth must partner with destruction.
Blue sky peaks back, a chastised glimpse
The sun pokes through, eager to drink up fallen pieces of cloud
Man is alive
He is reminded….
A storm will pass, the sky is blue….the grass is green
The air is pure once the poison of angry wind has passed
Man can see the storm in the distance, while kneeling in brilliant light.
It shall pass…
…like an angry sky
14 thoughts on “After The Storm”
Did you take those photos? They’re quite astonishing.
Yep, right after the tornado missed us…again
Sheesh. I’m impressed. Stay safe out there . . . I’m about to fly to Omaha with 5 other-people’s-teenagers and 2 more adults . . . any tornado safety advice??
When it starts to hail, don’t go outside. A hailstone the size of a quarter can fracture your skull or break a shoulder.
90% of the time, tornadoes come with lightning.
When your ears start to pop, find a hole quick!
That’s . . . actually helpful. Unless, of course, we find ourselves flying into it!
Don’t park on the shoulder, under bridges or overpasses.
Find a truck stop, oil change place, muffler shop or mechanic shop. They all have pits in them for working on cars and trucks.
Basic rule: If it looks bad, lots of lightning…don’t drive into it. Wind only gets bad within a 1/2-1 mile of storm, front line winds and microbursts.
A sever thunderstorm or tornadic cell is usually traveling at 20-55 mph. It won’t take long for it to pass, so sit it out and take pictures from a distance.
That’s the thing–we’re not driving. I’m trusting the pilots have their own version of these precautions, however, and that there are some safety structures in our hotel!
In Omaha, oh yeah.
If you have to hit a shelter in the basement take your own water and some baby wipes.
Heh–good to know! Thanks, my traveling writing friend!
Big storm heading for Omaha as we speak…
Seriously? Ugh. IMA have words with the conference planners.
Beautiful words and exceptional photos.
Thx! Nothing like reality…or experience