I thought the dark skies, the distant thunder, lightening crashing
were outside the screen door.
Inside, I smelled the dust, heavy.
Like a fly on the screen, I waited for the storm.
I thought the heaviness came from outside,
that it drifted into the house on beads of water in the air, or on a cloud -
part of the sky, fallen to earth.
Sometimes, here, the air gets heavy. Sometimes the earth smells of itself after a heavy rain. Then, I lift my head as something inside of me - heavy, old - moves.
I am the dark sky.
I am the distant thunder.
I am the crashing bolt of light.
I swing my head into the air
to rid myself of the storm, a bridle.
I know the storm.
I know its edges, lightening-marked. I know its dangers:
the draught of wind, the spiral cloud -
threatening, the building rage - the sizzling.
I know the calm: emptiness in the wake of the wind.
I thought the storm had arrived uninvited:
a stranger, short to stay, not kind, but firm -
a stranger who changed the landscape, forever.
I thought the storm had drifted here, mistaken. I imagined it that way.
I am a spiritual seeker, a seeker who has "taken a drink from many cups." I love to accompany others on the deeper journey to witness to their True Self. Now a writer, photographer and poet, I have retired from full-time ministry as a pastor in downtown Oakland, CA.
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