Batten down the hatches,
Marcia’s on her way.
Secure all the latches
for a scary day.

Under the stairs is the safest place
to watch the wind go by
carrying trees as it picks up pace
tiles and dustbins on the fly.

Fear is ever present,
despite optimum defence.
Cacophony incessant,
Damn, there goes the fence.

Power out. For long?  I wonder.
Last time it was days.
Water, food,  batteries – enough? I ponder.
Every neighbour prays.

Will the shed hold fast?
Rickety can’t endure.
Tumult starts to lessen.
Is this the end at last?

Kate Chiconi of the lovely blog  Tall Tales from Chiconia is facing the imminent arrival of Category 3 or 4 Tropical Storm Marcia in Queensland.  Partly re-living my own experience of a hurricane and thinking about what she is going through, I scribbled this rhyme for her.   (To be continued)



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6 Responses to Storm

  1. restlessjo says:

    I saw similar news on Pommepal’s site yesterday, Viv. Not sure if you know her. Thanks for reminding me to pop back and see if the worst’s over (and an excellent poem) 🙂

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  2. knettycraft says:

    Oh Viv… you are so talented. I can hear the storm rattle on doors and windows in your lines… and at the same time it is full of fear there is the sence to be prepared and fight against the cyclon. Great. I think we all thought of Kate these last days. Kind regards. Annett

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    • rosross says:

      Northern Australia has always had cyclones. It is just in this day and age the sensationalist media turns all of them into catastrophes before anything happens. I was in Bombay when it was hit by one of the worst cyclones ever. I doubt many people around the world knew that thousands were watched up on the beaches for weeks afterwards.


  3. EllaDee says:

    Wonderfully expressed. Even from a distance we worry over these extremes of Mother Nature, and the effect on both people we know, and all those we don’t. More so because be it bushfire, storm or other we’ve all been there in one way or another wondering just how intact we’ll come out the other side. Seeing people lose all the things we’d hate to lose ourselves is just heartbreaking.

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  4. You capture the tumult and worrisome feelings in a real way, Viv…nicely captured. I hope your friend makes it through the storm safely.

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