the storm

Hello, dear friends,

My focus in this week’s poem was on the metaphor of a storm – an external vs internal event of chaos.

In this case, as the storm rages ’round the “snug seaside cottage,” the narrator’s mind rages ’round the fear of dying.

I have to be honest – I wept when I wrote this poem. The emotional turbulence this poor narrator experiences, almost a childlike regression into acceptance, hit me squarely in the heart.

I hope you, too, experience an emotional connection with this piece. And I would love to hear your thoughts and feelings on it.

Please feel free to share them in the Comments Section below.

-PS Conway ☘ ☘ ☘

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the storm

hold me fast, my love, for i am frightened

of the coming of the night, safe in our

snug seaside cottage, sheltered from the storm,

the raging tide summons – and i cower

under the covers like a child, fitful

in this turmoil, swift shallow breaths like ice,

throat so dry, and i thirst, i thirst for life,

for the springtide of my youth, what shall suffice

save forestalling the coming of the night

with its dark schemes, its furtive machinations,

to steal this life, this soul, from me, from us,

this soul, a toll, my final oblation

who will tend me in the darkness, tell me

all will be well, you will be well, scatter

the ghosts that haunt this fearful mind who dreads

the end, drowned in night’s ebbed ebon clatter

then silence, all is still,

peace settles ‘cross my heart

dry your tears, my love, the storm abates

the full moon awaits o’er the sea, holds my eye,

she is beautiful, she is warm, and she calls

my name gentle ‘long hushed surf with a sigh

6 comments

  1. Such fierce emotion made my heart pound in my chest as I held my breath until the storm was calmed. Powerful piece!

  2. As a Professor, one of my fav classes to teach is Perspectives on Death & Dying. I will certainly use this for my class in the future. May they all find more of your work worth they youthful thoughts. Thank you!

    1. Thank you so much, Dr Poland, for your kind words and wonderfully generous thoughts. I hope your students can connect with it! Cheers 💙🙏🍷🌹

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