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Storms and Tempests September 5, 2011

Posted by nrhatch in Art & Photography, Nature, Poetry, Word Play.

A darkening sky
Presages promised raindrops
As a storm rolls in

Rain pelting downward
Deafening crash of thunder
Lightning lights the sky

Brave majestic trees
Standing tall and proud resist
Mother Nature’s wrath

Hurricanes swirling
Palm trees bending and twirling
Waves erase the beach

The rhythm of life
Punctuated with pauses
And cymbals clanging

Wild angry waves
Howling wind and blinding rain
This storm too shall pass

Drip, drip, the rain drops
Splattering the wet sidewalk
Soaking people’s shoes

Palm fronds frame the moon
as birds patrol salt-water
lagoon’s tree-lined shores


1. Carl D'Agostino - September 5, 2011

Dem trees proud resist and respect their defiance. Alas the trees don’t win sometimes. In2005, Wilma hit us harder than Katrina. We lost 10 really big trees. They did not want to change the name of the complex but we sure ain’t the Woodlands any more.

nrhatch - September 5, 2011

You’re right. Each storm passes . . . but it may up-root trees, homes, and people in its wake.

When the sun returns, it often greets a different landscape.

2. adeeyoyo - September 5, 2011

Lovely descriptive poem, Nancy! Btw haven’t you used that beautiful photo before?

nrhatch - September 5, 2011

Yes. I posted the top photo the other day ~ in connection with the Pier 22 Celebration post.

But I had to post it again with this one. 😉

3. Maggie L R - September 5, 2011

beautiful pics, and I love your poem too.

nrhatch - September 5, 2011

Thanks, Maggie. When times get tough (and the weather is rough), I try to remind myself that “this too shall pass.”

4. Rufus' Food and Spirits Guide - September 5, 2011

Love that top photo, oh an dumb me I didn’t recognize it. Oh well, I also have no common sense. Kidding.

nrhatch - September 5, 2011

Well, who would think that someone would “recycle” a picture and use it TWICE in one week?! 😉

5. ElizOF - September 5, 2011

I love Palm trees and the way rain falls off them like in a shower… Memories abound for me on that one… This is a beautiful poem Nancy. TY! 🙂

nrhatch - September 5, 2011

Thanks, E! My favorite poems center around nature’s majesty ~ with palm trees swaying. 😎

6. Tilly Bud - September 5, 2011

A nice change of pace, Nancy.

nrhatch - September 5, 2011

Thanks, TillyB! When we weather storms and tempests that toss us about . . . we gain in strength and stature.

7. spilledinkguy - September 5, 2011

There is so much energy in your piece!
Wonderful photos, too – very nicely done!

nrhatch - September 5, 2011

Thank you kindly! I look forward to hearing more from you (and your cat).

8. Pseu - September 5, 2011

that first photo is stunning!

nrhatch - September 5, 2011

Thanks, Pseu ~ a fortuitous prize (right place, right time, right frame of mind).

9. kateshrewsday - September 5, 2011

Love this, Nancy pictures and words both.

nrhatch - September 5, 2011

Thanks, Kate. I couldn’t resist “double dipping” with the photo from the other day. 😉

10. souldipper - September 5, 2011

I could feel that storm when reading your poem, Nancy. One of the best downpours I’ve experienced was on my last two days in Cuba when the rains came sideways. Oh the drama. It was there, to my astonishment, that I saw men go to fallen palm trees and simply put them back up! I’m sure those storms can create havoc. In my case, ignorance was bliss.

nrhatch - September 5, 2011

Thanks, Amy. I didn’t know you’d been to Cuba. You sure do get around. 😉

Tropical rain does indeed fly sideways at times . . . in buckets.

I’ve never seen that type of First Aid for a fallen palm ~ but I’ve rarely seen a fallen palm. I do know that bars in NJ ship palm trees in each summer to plant on the beaches ~ so they must be fairly easy to transplant.

11. ceceliafutch - September 5, 2011

Beautiful pics to match a beautiful poem.

nrhatch - September 5, 2011

Thanks, Cecelia. Mother Nature is a marvel to behold.

12. Linda - September 6, 2011

Sounds like the night we had tonight. Beautiful pictures.

nrhatch - September 6, 2011

Thanks, Linda. Glad you came through the storm OK.

13. andalibmarks - September 6, 2011

Both the pictures and the poem…


nrhatch - September 6, 2011

Thanks, Andi. This poem is a “collage” of Haiku written and woven together over time.

14. flyinggma - September 6, 2011

Love storms, your poem and photo. We had white caps on our small lake this week. It doesn’t happen very often but fun to watch the storms rolling in and departing.

nrhatch - September 6, 2011

Thanks, Jeanne. I agree. It’s exciting to watch the waves and whitecaps arrive with the approach of storms.

When we lived on the banks of the Chesapeake Bay, storms often rolled in from the west, across the water, so we had a ringside seat for the increasing wave and sky action.

15. SuziCate - September 6, 2011

Those are some wicked cool clouds in the first pic, love how they reflect in the water!

nrhatch - September 6, 2011

Smooth as glass in the marina that afternoon.

16. Naomi - September 7, 2011

Powerful poem and pics, Nancy. I heard about the recent East Coast hurricane & hope it didn’t hit your area too hard?

nrhatch - September 7, 2011

Irene went to the north of us. Lee went to the west of us. Kalia should stay east of us.

I wish a tropical storm would dump some rain on Texas and put out the blazing fires ~ they’ve lost 1000+ homes to 80+ blazes.

17. Team Oyeniyi - September 8, 2011

Love the poem and the top picture is my favourite too.

nrhatch - September 8, 2011

Thanks! That’s my favorite photo taken this summer. I think I’ll print it as an 8×10 to frame.

18. Alannah Murphy - December 18, 2011

Great photo and message. Palm trees look so “weak” yet they’re flexible and can bend during strong winds whilst trees with much sturdier tree trunks just topple over…there’s an interesting analogy in there somewhere lol.

nrhatch - December 18, 2011

Thanks, Alannah. Your “Red Rain” post reminded me of this post. Definitely an interesting analogy . . . if we are unwilling to bend, we break. Or so it seems.

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