Coming Storm

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Coming Storm

Post by Eruannlass » Wed May 16, 2012 12:55 am

We went to the beach today, hoping to get in a swim before the upcoming Memorial Day weekend, when the water is clogged with boats and jet skis, and the beach is crowded with people. Just as we arrived, the sky clouded over. The radar showed only a sprinkling of rain, so I got my swimsuit on anyway, and it did pass quickly. However, the first step I took into the water revealed that the sunny days we've had lately were not enough to get the water above about 45 degrees. Swimming was no longer an option. Instead, we just sat and looked at the scenery, waded a little, and collected some rocks. Rowan said "This is a poet's sky," and spoke the first two lines of this poem. He watched the clouds with me for a bit, then asked if I would share my draft notebook. The answer is never 'no.' :)

He wrote this pretty much as it happened. May 21st marks the beginning of a new season for the Eldar, and the changes are often like this up here. He wrote the title, and worked the words until it naturally concluded the poem. It's a very intuitive piece, and hopeful.
Coming Storm
by
Rowan Elensír

Hidden sun, drifting cloud ~
heavy, black with rain.

They look like islands,
drifting out, free above the Sea.

They billow like sails, they drift like ships.
Pushed forth by the warming wind.

The rain now falls, as ballast tossed
lands cold upon my skin.

Circles ripple where droplets fall,
on water moving yet still.

'Tis sound where they meet,
like that of streams,
in meadows where they flow.

To hear it here, on this shore so vast,
is a wonder ~ plain and true.

The wind, it strengthens, the black clouds pass ~
and white ones follow and part,
I glimpse a bit of blue.

The wind is wild, the waves ~ they swell,
the willow creaks and groans.

The errant rains will soon fall hard,
'tis the coming of the storm.
I Aear cân ven na mar ~ 'The Sea calls us Home.'

For whatever we lose (like a you or a me)
it's always ourselves we find in the sea
~ e e cummings

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Re: Coming Storm

Post by Eruannlass » Wed May 16, 2012 1:07 am

Once we got home, I took some pictures. The first two pictures are a fair likeness of the clouds above the water. Rowan said the last one here is beautiful, and had to be included along with the poem ~ a visual conclusion of sorts, once the storm moved on.

Clouds ~
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Drifting clouds ~
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Storm front ~
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Arien's return ~
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I Aear cân ven na mar ~ 'The Sea calls us Home.'

For whatever we lose (like a you or a me)
it's always ourselves we find in the sea
~ e e cummings

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Re: Coming Storm

Post by Meneldur Olvarion » Wed May 16, 2012 1:10 am

Fixed it for you.

If you don't like the result, then just remove the "align" tags from the beginning and end of the poem.

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Re: Coming Storm

Post by Eruannlass » Wed May 16, 2012 1:18 am

Thanks, Meneldur. :) I am not always sure what to type to get the bb code to work. I thought it just magically did it somehow when I saw the centering, before reading your reply. :-#
I Aear cân ven na mar ~ 'The Sea calls us Home.'

For whatever we lose (like a you or a me)
it's always ourselves we find in the sea
~ e e cummings

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Re: Coming Storm

Post by Meneldur Olvarion » Wed May 16, 2012 1:29 am

Yeah, BBcode is way more obscure than it needs to be for non-computer Geeks.

If I were in charge of the phpbb Project, I would make it way more user friendly.

Alas, I'm not (due to lack of coding 'skillz', as they say in leetspeak). ;)

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Re: Coming Storm

Post by Lúthien » Wed May 16, 2012 2:07 am

That's a very evocative poem!. And also very applicable to the type of spring we've been having: lots of wind and rain. Right now I hear another rainshower hitting the street-side windows. 

I especially like the description of water "moving yet still". It has ever fascinated me how waves move while leaving whatever bears them almost motionless. It's illustrated in a funny way by a sulky-looking duck (if it were a comic, he'd have his eyes drawn looking upwards *like, in the Peanuts, when someone sighs*) that I saw waiting out the umpteenth windy rain shower on the canal that's his home; frantically bobbing up and down the waves and yet staying in the same place while the waves rolled along under him.

BTW - I can see if there's a better text editor available. I've seen that these days in Joomla you get a very useable "what you see is what you get" sort of Word-like editor. There's no reason why there won't exist one for PHPBB as well, I'll have a look.

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