Turbulence

Turbulence

A Poem by Pete
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Take long walks in stormy weather or through deep snows in the fields and woods, if you would keep your spirits up. Deal with brute nature. Be cold and hungry and weary. - Thoreau

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clouds gather in a meteorological quorum
a hung jury of unequivocal, harsh truth

i always knew that the storm would come
without doubt
i knew

a seeming eternity in duration
a twister of epic proportion
lightning like lasers
thunder rattling into tomorrow
liberating life and chasing sorrow

flipping foundations upside down
narrow smile to wide frown
pistons of pleurisy firing
burning like faulty wiring


life's bipolar lollipop sucked down to the stick
releasing inhibitions
freeing lost inhabitants
a molestation at midnight
a rape of reason
an unprecedented, overripe season

finally allowing me to be who i'm supposed to be
turning destiny''s rusty, hidden key
kicking and screaming
unmitigated, subconscious dreaming

religion can't hold a candle to a new day
as light as a feather, god's crusading way
swings were made to sway
it's okay
there's nowhere left to hide anyway



© 2020 Pete


Author's Note

Pete
“For many years I was self-appointed inspector of snow-storms and rain-storms, and did my duty faithfully; surveyor, if not of highways, then of forest paths and all across-lot routes, keeping them open, and ravines bridged and passable at all seasons, where the public heel had testified to their utility.” - Thoreau

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Pete, this is certainly more than the cliche, "what doesn't kill us makes us stronger." Dang, the imagery in this poem is overwhelming. I can feel the crushing pressure, coldness, blackness, the howl of despair. Then, there's the new day, dawn, what we might call hope, maybe redemption. Sometimes, when we've prayed and prayed and we believe we've been left alone in the storm, the dawn becomes our faith. The whole package works here, from the image to music. You've extended Henry into the 21st century, Pete!

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1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Pete

1 Month Ago

wow. couldn't possibly have described it any better. you've dared to go below the surface and let .. read more
R.E. Ray

1 Month Ago

Always a pleasure, Pete. I think I get most of what you write. Must be that Thoreau and Emerson thi.. read more



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It's dark and rainy here this evening and I've lost a friend or two. Those last 3 lines have caught me up like a fish in a net. It's terrifying to let go of what little control we think we have and let life be life. Weathering the storm though...it's all we can do. Thank you for sharing your soul here....it's wonderful

Posted 6 Days Ago


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Pete

5 Days Ago

thanks for sharing feelings on the matter nicole. you're so right - we think we're driving but we'r.. read more
I enjoy writing with multiple layers and this definitely has that. Nature reminds us of how small we are. Almost in embarrassing fashion we are reminded. Nature kicks us to check your ego at the door. We are not in control. Even in the worst we are never alone. Out of a violent reckoning something beautiful can emerge. I really like this.

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1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Pete

1 Week Ago

thank you duff. things certainly can get rough. always remember to fasten your seat belt and put y.. read more
I feel the feathery touch as I read your poetry.
This Pandemic has given us a reason to look deeper...
to care more. There are times when Politics are not
Perfect in either Party... but we have to weigh the pro's and con's.
It is a mystery that we do not have a better opportunity to
change what needs to be changed. For one Person(s) acting as an Entity
is not working as it should.... very complicated. I do appreciate your
words, "finally allowing me to be who I am supposed to be --
turning destiny's rusty, hidden key". It is peaceful to quote Thoreau...
Nature can cause a Turbulence... that humbles our greatest endeavors.
Be blessed and safe. gently, Pat

Posted 1 Week Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Pete

1 Week Ago

thank you pat. appreciate you sharing thoughts on the matter. yes, all is a give and take - must f.. read more
Patricia Wedel

1 Week Ago

Thank you Pete... we pray for blessings and compromise for the Wise. Gently, Pat
Such brute literary force here:

'.. .. life's bipolar lollipop sucked down to the stick - releasing inhibitions - freeing lost inhabitants - a molestation at midnight - a rape of reason - an unprecedented, overripe season '

Can only suppose it's the chaos before the calm.. a means of finding peace and, self. An internal battle to be who you are, or to discover why. That answered, time's on your side.

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1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Pete

1 Week Ago

great observations. you've obviously been immersed in my ramblings. interesting that you mention t.. read more
emmajoy

1 Week Ago

It's good to know that caring about other people's words deserve more than a glance, you've always.. read more
This feels a little bit like a pinball ricochet as your rant hits so many satisfying spots, it would take me several pages to respond to everything that flashed thru my mind as I read. But I will hone in on one example from my own experience that illustrates your point. I never used to talk politics & now I've found it's impossible NOT to. There's so much political bullshit being flung from the left & right, one must become proficient at batting some it it back or away . . . it's impossible to let some of this remain unchallenged. Another development as a result of our crass disrespectful leader, political correctness has become obsolete & that's a good thing (as much as I hate to have this sound like I'm giving Trump any credit at all!) It's ridiculous, anymore, to bring up "PC" as having any validity or meaning. It's a f*****g free-for-all & I'm in with all four paws . . . I hope you can tell I love your poem! (((HUGS))) Fondly, Margie

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1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Pete

1 Month Ago

they say that truth is stranger than fiction. i've also reached the point where i oftentimes don't .. read more
barleygirl

1 Month Ago

Everyone is craning to prove they give the prez credit when credit is due (admittedly very rare) as .. read more
Pete

1 Month Ago

i admit, i can't wait for the debates between trump and biden - now that will be entertainment ... :.. read more
Pete, this is certainly more than the cliche, "what doesn't kill us makes us stronger." Dang, the imagery in this poem is overwhelming. I can feel the crushing pressure, coldness, blackness, the howl of despair. Then, there's the new day, dawn, what we might call hope, maybe redemption. Sometimes, when we've prayed and prayed and we believe we've been left alone in the storm, the dawn becomes our faith. The whole package works here, from the image to music. You've extended Henry into the 21st century, Pete!

Posted 1 Month Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Pete

1 Month Ago

wow. couldn't possibly have described it any better. you've dared to go below the surface and let .. read more
R.E. Ray

1 Month Ago

Always a pleasure, Pete. I think I get most of what you write. Must be that Thoreau and Emerson thi.. read more

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