One Shot Wednesday – Stormy Weather

Stormy Weather

I close my eyes.
Breathe in, breathe out.
Concentrate on that point
just over the horizon.
I imagine my thoughts
drifting by like clouds.
I imagine that I will
brush them aside
like some grand god.

Well, like some grand god
who takes each cloud
and examines it
minutely for chances
of rain or hail
or snow or sleet.
Because the weather
in my soul is always
tricky like that

I never get past these
turbulent clouds.
Is that all there is?
I am drifting in
a weather balloon
terrified that there
is nothing below me,
nothing within me.
Nothing at all.

I've been reading Eat Pray Love by Elizabeth Gilbert. I just finished the "Pray" section. Apparently it blew my mind just a little bit. Or a lot.

This poem is part of One Stop Poetry's One Shot Wednesday poetry gathering, where all poets are welcome to share. Make the rounds!


  1. Oh I didn't like that book
    BUT I loved this poem
    so graceful

  2. i do not read horror books..and i can feel you there,i get terrified easily..but i love your poem..:))

  3. Now I'm dying to hear, HOW did it blow your mind?

  4. Oh, that fear of nothingness - that's the worst. You captured that feeling so well.

    I haven't read the book. My daughter did and didn't like it that much so I didn't bother. I hope the love part brings you back to earth with a soft landing :)

  5. that is why we pray..isn't it to ground give us substance and bring us to a place of knowing. it is there...nice read...bkm

  6. Enjoyed your poem, Bug, and agree with Talon that you capture the fear of nothingness very well. Wise lines.

  7. you convey the emotion well in this piece. haven't read the book but I read a descriptive poem

    thanks for sharing with One Shot

    Moon Smiles

  8. "Because the weather
    in my soul is always
    tricky like that" - liek this A LOT!

  9. You're inspiring me. Stop it! I don't have time to be inspired! No, seriously, you ARE inspiring me, and one of these days I may write a poem.

  10. Am going to have to check out this book, saw the movie and loved it.
    Thanks for stopping by my blog :)

  11. I think you captured something in the poem. That fear of nothingness is probably one of the strongest fears most of us have.

    I haven't read Eat, Pray, Love, but I've heard the author speak adn now I'm interested in finding out what her book was like... I'd love to hear your review when your done.

  12. Kim - I will probably do a whole post about the book after I finish reading it. I was really reluctant to read it after all the things I had read about it, but I think she's hilarious. I like her writing style a lot. I don't understand the criticism that the book is self-absorbed. Of COURSE it is - it's about a year of self discovery - was she supposed to write about the weather LOL?

  13. I think that deep down whether we admit it publicly (or even to ourselves) we are all traumatized at some point or another by the idea of nothingness. Great write. Be Inspired Today! Love and Light, Sender

  14. excellent poem...taking each cloud and inspecting it...the weather is my soul...nice imagery...will any of us every really get through the clouds...yeah, and there are rainbows at points that keep us moving...smiles. nice one shot!

  15. Dear The Bug,
    I love this. It continues a bit from the one before. it is about being.

    Whatever is wrong or right about that book, it reached something in you that seems very worthwhile.

    Thanks for two really outstanding poems in a row.

    Ann T.

  16. Loved this poem. Beautiful. And I liked the first section of that book. And I am looking forward to the movie.

  17. I'd probably just watch the film, but your poem was quite nice!

  18. Reminds me of Peggy Lee's "Is that all there is?" Enjoyed reading about that exploration of emptiness and the nature of nothing. Thanks for sharing.

  19. Haven't read the book or seen the movie, but really enjoyed your poem. Here's hoping for sunshine and a happy ending.

  20. the book was new to me..but nevertheless the poem was still great...thanks for sharing with one shot..cheers pete


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