Tuesday, July 9, 2013

blurry images from last night



Last night, severe thunderstorm struck our city, powerless & cold.
Grace @ Everyday Amazing


                                                drop               drop               drop               drop
                                                            drip               drip                 drip               drip




                                               wires dis-connect-ed,  power waver-ed & still-ed,

                                               wind-whipped, lights falter-ed & b-linked blank-

                                               candles flicker-red as machines shut down, black 

                                               screen everywhere as water drums-beats-crashes- 

                                               rises-like the sea, sweeping trains & cars-off-roads-

                                              
                                               tick               tick                tick                 tick
                                                       tock                tock                tick                 tock           
                                               

                                               back to basics:   books & paper & cardless-
                                  
                                               strangers & neighbors exchange kindness:  car rides, 

                                               (cold) pizza boxes for dinner, buckets to scoop water

                                               from overflowed basements,  words face-to-face- 

                                               where once blurry & dis-tant, are now Up/close&personal-




Posted for D'verse Poets Pub - OpenLinkNight ~  I'm home now as power in our Toronto Office hasn't resumed yet.   Thanks for the visit ~  

61 comments:

  1. sometimes those back to basic moments are a blessing if we embrace them...a simpler life not filled with all our current distractions...love the drips on your page...smiles....hey nice to get a day off as well...smiles.

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    1. Yes, a time off is always welcome anytime ~ Thanks Brian ~

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  2. Hope you have above-flood-level accommodations!

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    1. Yes, we do M ~ Thankfully no water coming into our basement (we are on the higher part of the town) ~

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    2. Well, you ARE Heaven, after all... :) Glad to hear you're safe.

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  3. Getting back to basics is often as blessing in disguise...I think we all need to get back to basics every once in a while. Happy Tuesday my friend :)

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    1. A good reminder every now and then ~ Thanks Keith ~

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  4. ...that must have been quite a hard driving experience... all blurred in sight... see the weather are totally abnormal these days... back here it's quite crazy... by a.m. the sun is up burning our skin to cancer... then by p.m. everything is swimming & drowning like hell under the heavy rains... ah, you just don't know what to expect worst next... sigh... hope the weather get better in your place soon... & always keep safe... smiles...

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    1. It was kelvin ~ Mercifully, I got home early ~

      And we are supposed to be summer so the unexpected rain has been disappointing ~ I thought we were back "home" without power & light, ha ~

      Thanks Kelvin ~

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  5. It seems the bad brings out the good in people! Be well! I'm seeing better weather starting in 2 days! (but they've been known to be a little 'off' ;)

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    1. Hopefully it gets better ~ Be safe Janet ~

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  6. I Heard about rain there , alot, I dont have idea rain so much in this time Grace, Im glad you are at home now!:)

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    1. I believe we got a record high of 1 hour/rain, where it will take a month or even 3 days ~ Nice to be home for a change ~ Thanks Gloria ~

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  7. I hope you are doing well. This reminds me of Hurricane Wilma. We were without power for 12 or 14 days and it was tough. It also brought us closer with our neighbors. My husband was giving them blocks of ice he prepared in the extra freezer. Everyone was so grateful with the little things. :) Best wishes.

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    1. That's a long time not to have power, pretty tough, I agree ~ Little things can mean a lot during these times ~ Thanks Ayala ~

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  8. This sounds miserable, Grace; but I do like the way you wrote it. I could feel the misery of contending with no power, water in basements, and NO INTERNET. We have a wicked storm coming in here as I write. These things always scare me....and I will be so glad when this one passes. Loved your unique writing style in this one.

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    1. NO INTERNET, good thing it lasted for only 4 hours ~ If not, I would have gone crazy, ha ~ Be safe Mary ~

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  9. oh heck...it's good that the neighbors help each other when storms hit... we had floods over here as well..esp. in the east part of germany and the sky is dark and thunder-stormy right now... love the capture grace

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    1. Crazy weather is universal, I believe ~ Thanks Claudia ~

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  10. Some thing about bad conditions is great such as candle light and people helping each other.. glad to hear you are ok :-)

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  11. Power images as the blurry and shaken leads to the clearing, up-close and personal. All on your page like waves. Beautifully worded, framed, relayed.
    I saw some video of the flooding in Toronto. Wow. I wondered if you knew this was happening as your power flickered during the dVerse Poetry Pub discussion last night. I hope all is well with you and that you had the day off from work today.

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    1. I didn't know till after how bad it was ~ I was home already but for 4 hours, the power was off ~ Yes, I am home for today ~ Thanks Susan ~

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    2. I didn't know it was happening till later Susan ~ We were out of power for like 4 hours ~ I am home now and power has resumed already ~ Thanks ~

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  12. Good reminder of how little we actually need. Although still sucks when it goes out.

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    1. Yes, a good reminder ~ Maybe for only a short while ~ Thanks Pat

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  13. Interesting the things that spur the moment into a clarity.>KB

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  14. I love the way you structured this! Very cool.

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  15. You had me there... glad everything was okay. That weather can be so dangerous.

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  16. There is something a little fun and adventurous when these things happen (as long as no serious damage occurs), it's nice when people come together, something we don't do often enough in this day and age.
    I like the way you captured all of that here.

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  17. Ah, yes, "words face-to-face" -- that is previous! When I was a kid and we lost power, we would light candles and my Dad would play the piano and both my parents would sing. It was lovely. Hope your power is back up, Grace.

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    1. I recall those times too ~ Thanks for sharing that lovely memory ~

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  18. So glad you were able to put poetry to the images we saw of Toronto's flooding yesterday! Wow what a shocker that was. Love the visuals of this. Well done.

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    1. Shocker indeed ~ Today it's all quiet and back to normal, thanks ~

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  19. I know this must have been a pain, but this feels sweet and playful to me as well--Lovely Grace!

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  20. This actually made it onto our news broadcasts today, so it must have been really bad.

    Nice capture, Grace.

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  21. Grace, you may not have "seen" it this way...but think of opportunity to enjoy a different kind of day, challenge, break-from-boredom, bringing (my) world to level of WE instead of ME. I remember a hurricane in which certain amount of devastation made many people despondent...yet I noticed neighbors taking and laughing with one another...people who had lived next door for years, and never before even spoke together.

    A GOOD piece of writing, Grace. I hope I NEVER see that poorly through my bike windscreen. Time to pull under an overpass and S T O P ...

    PEACE and LIGHT

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    1. Steve, thank you for the lovely words ~ I appreciate them ~

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  22. Grace,

    I saw this on the news , weather can be disturbing as it has a force of it's own. I am sure it was scary and I'm glad you and your family are safe. Your poem captured the erratic behavior of the weather pattern.

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    1. We are safe Truedessa, thank you ~

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    2. Thank you Truedessa ~ We are all safe ~

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  23. It's great that people come together in times of hardship to help each other out...it's a wonderful thing. Glad you're safe and can get some time off work. Hope the weather clears soon. Oh and I loved the form of your poem like the rain coming down in sheets. Really gives the feel of the situation. :)

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  24. Oh, I am sorry about the power interruption. I hope the power;s back and no harm's done. It is amazing how much we really can do when conveniences are taken away from us. I like the last part best - words became up close and personal. I think that it is wonderful. :-)

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  25. The weather is getting more and more violent

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  26. here's to more up close and personal. :-)

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  27. following on the heels of a trio of hurricanes in '08, we were without power for four weeks on the beach. Anyone for spaghetti on the grill?

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  28. Severe weather conditions does bring folk together. I like the way you laid this out, it is very effective in the reading, Grace.

    Pamela

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  29. Enjoy your time at home...pleased you are safe.

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  30. I like the way you formed this poem. Sending good thoughts that everything goes back to normal soon.

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  31. I'm glad the flood didn't wash you away. I hope you'll be able to get back to your office soon. You did well with your pencil and paper. Thanks

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  32. love both the pattern of the poem and the breaks in the words. Captures the feel of your rainy night without power very well. Hope this was completely a work of imagination and you didn't have to bail water.

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    1. Thankfully not our basement, but some still have their basements under water ~ Thanks for the visit ~

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  33. The structure is truly excellent! wonderful piece

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  34. It's blurry but also more frightening! Great take Grace!

    Hank

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  35. Amazing writing! I might be inspired by this group to try something really out of my comfort zone. Indeed neighbors can become more known during times of need. Kinda fun in retrospect...just not at the time. We keep flashlights hidden everywhere!

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  36. Hope everything is drying out. I like teh poem but I'm in love with your illustration!

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