Quiet Before the Storm

There always seems
to be a quiet before the storm
A weariness in the nature of things
representing no surrender of the wave
to the wild willful thrashing of the wind
but rather a deep long drawn breath
A sigh like that of a bassoonist
about to play a difficult line
in a chaotic symphony

On the Sound
such moments of stillness
feel as if the air turns inside`out
Even gulls soar toward some shelter
and the ebbing surf seems to suck sand
I’ve seen it in the moment before birth
and in the moment before dying
The eyes widening focusing
on the immanency

Even now we stand
at another such intersection
waiting expectantly for the rush
of the hurtling train of the future to pass
See?  The signal gates have been lowered
the red`on`red warning light is flashing
Yet not a whisper or groan rises
from the cold steel at our feet
Silent the rails of time

The storm always recreates the shoreline
The held`breath forever anticipates history


About Peter Notehelfer

I'm a retired people person who now finds the time to watch the little details of the world without worrying about being watched by anyone . . . I live on an Island north of Seattle with my wife named Ellen, a yellow dog named McGee, a yellow cat named Gatzby, and four fine chickens . . . I read fiction, bake bread, smoke salmon, and fish whenever the weather allows . . . Oh, and yes, I try to write a poem every day simply to avoid senility!
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5 Responses to Quiet Before the Storm

  1. simply magnificent – may I reblog?


  2. Reblogged this on Poesy plus Polemics and commented:
    This is a superb poem from Peter Notehelfer, a fellow WordPress poet whom I greatly admire.


  3. cheryl622014 says:

    Thank you for introducing…such lovely use of language and sound and space.


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