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Clear Skies Ahead

Updated on August 4, 2015
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From where does the frightening tempest blow?

It unleashes itself from the calmest flow,

It builds beneath the serenest of waves

From unbridled depths within deepest caves.


The morning light is no guarantee of bliss

It brings a shudder beneath the beauty of this.

Where the sun arises and kisses the trees,

There is a darkness beneath the sultry breeze.


The songbirds will forever and dutifully sing

And yet I look askance beyond the silent wing,

The improper ingredients can change the brew

Smooth sailing can lump quickly hitherto.


Hope for the best weather and keep it calm

Placate the skies and avoid reckless harm,

The eye of the storm is by the horizon fair

The darkening eyes send a buoyant prayer.


The tide ebbs and flows and gently sings

Staying prepared for battle with coiled springs.

Muscles loosen and tense throughout the day

Adrenalin flows, possibly flight underway.


The dream continues for greener grass

Stay silently tuned to the moment’s forecast,

And when the clouds are surely away

Sight the sea of victory just under the quay.


When life is blissful and the sun heartily shines,

The bright birds return and serenity aligns

Until the next time the storm clouds brew

The past experience taught you what to do.


May the birds now warble in the delicate breeze

No more unrest brings you to your knees

Joyful nature then returns as one,

The savage chapter now finally done.

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    • aviannovice profile imageAUTHOR

      Deb Hirt 

      2 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Hey, Shaloo! Thanks for reading.

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      Shaloo Walia 

      2 years ago from India

      Beautiful!

    • aviannovice profile imageAUTHOR

      Deb Hirt 

      2 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Mine, that is my trademark to some degree. My life revolves around nature.

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      Mihnea-Andrei Andreescu 

      2 years ago from Tilburg

      What an interesting poem.I like how you use birds and words related to aviary as symbols and literary motiffs.

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      Deb Hirt 

      3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Hey, Frank! Thanks for reading, and may your skies be clear.

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      Frank Atanacio 

      3 years ago from Shelton

      this was amazing.. and love the photo too.. awesome my friend :)

    • aviannovice profile imageAUTHOR

      Deb Hirt 

      3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Audrey, I thank you kindly. If you ever get to Stillwater on a weekend, look me up, and I'll give you your own personal tour of Boomer Lake and its denizens.

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      Audrey Selig 

      3 years ago from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

      Deb - This description of storms and clear sky is similar to my belief of storms. I especially enjoy the flight and return of the birds. Your poetry contains the best of words and meanings. It is very easy to follow. I am so impressed. Sharing. Blessings. Audrey

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      Deb Hirt 

      3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      You got it, Pat! Good work. I am the master of the double entendre.

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      Patricia Scott 

      3 years ago from sunny Florida

      Yes indeed. And it is with the good and the 'bad', the calm and the not so calm that we learn to climb mountains and make peace with whatever comes our way.

      Well said.

      Angels are once again on the way to you ps

    • aviannovice profile imageAUTHOR

      Deb Hirt 

      3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Thanks, Lawrence.

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      Lawrence Hebb 

      3 years ago from Hamilton, New Zealand

      Enjoyable

    • aviannovice profile imageAUTHOR

      Deb Hirt 

      3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Thanks, Audrey.

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      Audrey Howitt 

      3 years ago from California

      Beautifully written Deb!

    • aviannovice profile imageAUTHOR

      Deb Hirt 

      3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Hey, Nell! Good to see you, and so glad that you were able to witness this storm.

    • aviannovice profile imageAUTHOR

      Deb Hirt 

      3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Hey, thumbi! I'm so glad that you enjoyed this.

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      Nell Rose 

      3 years ago from England

      Beautiful poem Deb, I love your poems, and I love the power of the storm which you portrayed here exactly! nice one, voted up and shared! nell

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      JR Krishna 

      3 years ago from India

      Very beautiful and powerful poem

    • aviannovice profile imageAUTHOR

      Deb Hirt 

      3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Hey, midget! So good to see you, and thanks so much for reading this. I appreciate and value your input.

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      Michelle Liew 

      3 years ago from Singapore

      Beautiful and powerful. Vivid poetry, Deb.

    • aviannovice profile imageAUTHOR

      Deb Hirt 

      3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Thank you for reading, Dave. It is always a pleasure to see you and read your material, too.

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      Dave 

      3 years ago from Lancashire north west England

      Another gem in your jewels of poetry. You incorporate nature so well in your work. Thank you for sharing. Voted up.

    • aviannovice profile imageAUTHOR

      Deb Hirt 

      3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Hey, Blossom. I never got to see that one. Thanks for reading.

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 

      3 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      This reminds me of 'We'll weather the weather, whatever the weather, whether we like it or not! Lovely poem!

    • aviannovice profile imageAUTHOR

      Deb Hirt 

      3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Thanks, Alicia. I'm so pleased that you had the chance to read it.

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      Linda Crampton 

      3 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      This is a lovely poem with beautiful imagery, Deb.

    • aviannovice profile imageAUTHOR

      Deb Hirt 

      3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      You know, tireless trailer, I have done the same so many times. The clouds are old friends now.

    • aviannovice profile imageAUTHOR

      Deb Hirt 

      3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      So true, Larry, and long may the weathers be calm.

    • aviannovice profile imageAUTHOR

      Deb Hirt 

      3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Always, indeed, Vellur! I humbly thank you.

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      Deb Hirt 

      3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      And thank you for reading, Meldz.

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      Judy Specht 

      3 years ago from California

      The sky is amazing. I love to just lay on the grass and look at the sky. It is amazing and so is your poem

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      Larry Rankin 

      3 years ago from Oklahoma

      Beautifully done. Nature does its best to push on through all turbulence both natural and human made.

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      Nithya Venkat 

      3 years ago from Dubai

      Beautiful! The calm after the storm is a welcome relief!

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      ignugent17 

      3 years ago

      I love the line "The dream continues for greener grass." It just tells me that life must go on even sometimes it is full of problems.

      Thanks for sharing your beautiful poem. :-)

    • aviannovice profile imageAUTHOR

      Deb Hirt 

      3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      ChitrangadaSharan, I have missed you. Thanks so much for saying that.

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      Deb Hirt 

      3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      It's so ironic, Faith Reaper, as this material just hits me, and I just have to write it down. I'm really not that much of a poet.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 

      3 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Excellent poem that conveys a lot. Your love for environment naturally makes you such an impressive and effortless poet.

      Thanks for sharing!

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      Faith Reaper 

      3 years ago from southern USA

      Fantastic poem, Deb! I always enjoy every poem you have posted here. I agree with Sha, in that you should enter poetry contests, as you certainly would win. You are multi-talented in your photography and poetry.

    • aviannovice profile imageAUTHOR

      Deb Hirt 

      3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Thanks, Kevin, I appreciate your getting me around the block.

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      The Examiner-1 

      3 years ago

      Beautiful Deb. I hate thunderstorms but the poem was something else. I voted it up, shared and pinned it.

      Kevin

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      Deb Hirt 

      3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      And if it is, Billy, perhaps those people will see what I see and hear what I do.

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      Deb Hirt 

      3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Perspy, you are closer than you think.

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      Deb Hirt 

      3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Hey, juneaukid! Thanks for the visit, and I am honored.

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      Deb Hirt 

      3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Thanks, Sha! No, never entered any contests.

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      Bill Holland 

      3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I think most of us could recite this beautiful poem and find it applies to our lives. Your poetry remains a hidden treasure that hopefully, one day, will be discovered by millions.

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      Demas W Jasper 

      3 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      Storms, swarms, and all that forms. Look to the skies and believe. Rains on the just and unjust. Some are just not just just yet. How sad a bird kept as a pet. Someone thought they would be blest to have a human keeper? Spread the wings and fly, far, far....and back.

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      Richard Francis Fleck 

      3 years ago from Denver, Colorado

      I enjoyed reading this storm poem with some very graphic imagery.

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      Shauna L Bowling 

      3 years ago from Central Florida

      Deb, this is awesome! Have you entered any of your poetry in contests? I love your style and message. You truly have a gift.

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