This Storm

can this storm bring to an

end all that troubles or all

that places a burden

can it clean out the cob

webs, the mind’s careless

condition of laziness

can it spring to life in

all that it waters

a new sense of purpose


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About John White

I've written off and on my entire life. It took years for me to finally take putting words together seriously. Now it's not, nor does it ever feel, like work. Writing daily has become habitual. No day is complete without words having appeared on the page.

Posted on June 13, 2015, in Poetry and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 32 Comments.

  1. Great piece John you always manage to point fire and shoot very quickly,I like that about your writing

  2. I was just dreaming about a giant spider web a few minutes ago, then I wake up and read this: “can it clean up the cobwebs, the mind’s careless condition….”
    In my dream, people kept trying to take the web down before I could take its photo.
    Funny coincidence.

  3. Love thunderstorms. .. Makes everything so fresh. I use those spiderwebs to remember stuff.. lol. I need my sticky web.

    Great piece. Short and sweet.

    • I thought I was the only one who loved a good loud thunderstorm. Awesome! πŸ™‚

      • Oh no. I love the crack of lightening threatening and scorching our skies and sounds of thunder rolling through the horizon fluffy dark clouds. A good down pour, I can sit on my porch swing in complete solice during a good thunderstorm. πŸ˜‰

        • Those times when the lightning seems to crawl across the skies in every direction possible at once is an amazing show. I’m always the only one anywhere I go who would say, “Bring me the biggest, baddest storm you can bring me without the tornadoes and the damage!” Oh, and the louder the thunder and the more it shakes the house the better too! πŸ™‚

          • Oh my.. yes! The best!! When I was little my favorite part of growing up on the beach was watching the storm shelves moving in and surfing the strong surfs and rip tides, I kind of miss it.

            But no, you’re not alone in loving the dark mysterious side of mother nature.

            • A surfer?? Fantastic. I was never coordinated enough not to mention a strong dislike and fear of sharp-toothed sea life. But storms are nature’s way of telling us, “Shut up and pay attention! This is gonna be awesome!!”

              • Not presently, a younger me went through the surfer stage, yes. Still love the ocean and fear… I love fear, it gives me an adrenaline rush. Those sharp toothed oversized fish prefer seal, they dislike himan flesh very much. Most shark bites are not intentional;accidents. But they are something to fear, as for they are at the top of the food chain in their domain.

                Yes, I fully agree with you and I always anticipate her next lesson and show. πŸ™‚

                • I love the ocean but I’m more of a relax on the sand or cruise the ocean in a huge ship kind of person. lol Certain fears? Face them. Others? Meh. Not so much. lol And I’ve learned something about sharks today other than the usual “punch them in the nose” routine.

                  We’ve started our usual early summer here with temps well into the 90’s and humidity to match so it’s that time again – either the big one comes or it looks like it’s coming and then veers off in another direction and we don’t even get a drop of rain. But I’m waiting as patiently as I can for that first sinus-cleaning, gut-busting, lightning spectacular, house-shaking, dog-whining-in-fear-under-the-bed storm.

                  • I’m not into the ocean sports like I once was, lol.. 20 years have past since the last time my feet had seen a board and at least 13 since my eyes have laid eyes on a real beach.

                    I enjoy relaxing on the ocean in a boat with a pole in the water, even a lake or pond. Relaxing, camping, hiking and traveling is what I enjoy now, with a side taste of adrenaline here and there.

                    lol. Every day we learn something new πŸ˜‰ Ah, same here, being in the central US the storms have been epic thus far this Spring and Summer. It’s just the start for us out here. πŸ™‚

                    • Sometimes we have interests or activities that we either outgrow or lose a passion for. These things happen.

                      Being a southern guy and admitting this may cause the authorities to come crashing in the door at any moment demanding my “Southern Card” but…I’m not much of a fisherman. If they’re biting within 30 seconds of the bate hitting the water – sure. Otherwise, my attention span just can’t handle it. As for camping that’s always a great time provided you don’t mind being dirty or getting more dirt than normal in your diet since nothing can be kept clean but that’s part of the fun. Of course, I say I love to camp then after after 2 days I’m ready for modern conveniences again. lol

                      OH!! CENTRAL US?? No wonder!! I’m east coast (NC) so our storms can be spotty and a week apart or coming right on schedule each and every single afternoon. Always a feast or famine affair. But i’m anxiously awaiting that first “Big One” that rattles the windows. It’s coming. I can feel it.

                    • This is very true indeed. I grew up and on to other things, that is for certain. Oh camping can become boring if you don’t have enough activities planned out and I can see your point about fishing but, I grew up fishing at a young age and cat fish noodling and frog gigging. I grew up as far soutj as you can get, I love getting dirty lol. Mudding in big trucks is a fun time for me lol. I have no problem getting out in the mud and getting dirty, considering I change my own car oil and spark plugs, brakes and such, getting dirty is not a big issue for me. I do like being pampered as well lol. As for modern conveniences, I cannot live without my cell phone, I do everything on it.

                      Mm hmm, (IL) here. I’ve lived a few years in Southernpines and Jacksonville NC, beautiful state. Your storm season hasn’t even started yet, big ones are definitely coming your way.

  4. In the midst of my own personal storm, I look forward to each new poem you publish. They certainly clear the cobwebs of my mind. And inspire me to write my own. Often the wordiness of prose only muddies the waters and gives more impetus to my efforts to prove that the truth isn’t so.

  5. The enjambment works really well here – love this. And I also really like your theme!

  6. I love thunderstorms too😊
    A very nice piece of writing.

  7. Strange isn’t it, how we invariably wait for a storm to shake things up? The trick, they say, is to course correct, even upturn during a moment of calmness. But that’s the way things are for most of us, me included!

    Lovely poem, as is now expected of you! I’m amazed at your consistency while yet being so prolific! Bless you!

  8. Straight to the point and inspiring, I like!

  9. Storms always bring “the winds of change.” Some can be frightening, others offer a welcome shake-up and relief. Thanks for following Beauty Along the Road, John. It is very much appreciated.

  10. Reblogged this on Michael Moore's Blog and commented:
    It can and it will… Let us pray…

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