Stillness Before a Storm; Essay
Stillness Precedes Storm
Can stillness in the night be a trick of nature? The rumbling of a motorcycle shatters the area, as a cyclist drives by, probably wondering why it is so still. Normally rustling trees now stand tall like soldiers preparing for battle, and the fearful birds are long gone to where they might find peace. But where is there peace? Some hide in nests, birdhouses and trees, but others head for safety high in the clouds. Birds possess an acute sense of awareness of nature becoming volatile.
Time Seems to Stand Still
A rabbit scampers across the road and proceeds to run faster and faster. Blades of grass do not move, for there is no wind to disturb them in their lawns that look like they feel like silk to admiring passers by. The sky is a gray-green color, but it is so dark it is hard to see any patterns of clouds or make any sense of the sky. The streets are empty in the neighborhood except for a few brave men who fearlessly leave their houses to peruse the horizon .The odor of dampness permeates the air, making it difficult to breathe. Women do not venture outside at this time, as they are somewhat paralyzed by the stillness and their own fear. This is characteristic of the stillness before a storm. This scenario might remind them of the stillness of life, when a bad thing happens and time stands still.
Tall Still Trees
Wind Precedes a Storm
Lightning Flashes - Thunder Roars
Soon it begins to rain, and it sounds like someone is tapping on the window. No one is actually tapping, as it is beginning to hail, followed by the roar of thunder and flashes of lightning. There is a hissing sound and the sound of a train passing in an area where there are no trains. The sirens screech in the darkness of the night. People begin to prepare, and fear wells up in the weak while others gather strength. Will this tornado-like storm come or will the low funnel cloud not reach the ground in this area but pass on to another area or start rising skyward?
Tornado Sounds Like Train
Storms Are Mysteries of Life
It is always anybody’s guess, but guessing is not done here. This is time for preparation and action. If it passes, then life might go back to normal, if there is such a thing as normal. Residents do their best, keenly aware that man cannot change nature. They hope for some sort of serenity, but know that a storm is one of the mysteries of life.
The Happy Writer Through the Good and the Bad
A storm began during a restaurant meeting, and I later found myself in the midst of a traffic jam with emergency vehicles everywhere. I had called home but was unaware a tornado occurred.less than a mile from my house My area was not the same for over a year.
Living through these tragedies and others has been traumatic, but a learning experience. I learned the hard way about the stillness before a storm. I shall never forget it,. May those who read this essay never have to live through the terror of a severe storm.
Inspiration for Essay
Why did I write this essay? I am fascinated with what occurs before storms and all the scenarios that both frighten and teach residents about storms.
I came to Oklahoma from Buffalo, New York where we had horrific snow storms, so different from the Oklahoma storms. I have spent time here running across the street in the rain and the wind to get to a neighbor's storm cellar. Once, I was at a department store, holed up, involuntarily, in a storeroom. where I called home during a storm and then drove in the midst of fallen branches to get to my frightened family. Friends have lost their homes, but my family has been lucky.
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