The Storm


Bring on the storm

I am not afraid

Perhaps a little frightened

Still I say, bring on the tempest

Let it rage through me

Cleanse me of my fears

Replace them with nothing

Or with furious desire

Burning through tethers

Binding me to history

Forcing me inside of myself

Away from my desire

Bring on the storm

I am not afraid

I am a little terrified

Unchained from my history

As I scatter in the gale

Of delight and freedom

Lifted up on spread wings

Reaping the wind and ions

Swept away in ecstasy

Bound by something new


9 – April – 2015


  1. singleworkingmomswm says:

    Val, this poem is spectacular! You should try to get it published, seriously. Sounds like it came out of a book. XOXO-Kasey

  2. One of your best, Val! Well done! We must face the storms…I have one right now. Courage!

  3. “I am not afraid
    I am a little terrified”

    Love the dichotomy of those two phrases uttered back-to-back. Actually reminds me of something Kurt Cobain would say.

    I mean that as a sincere compliment.

  4. Lovely!

  5. Poetry is def. your forte. WOW. wow. xxxxxxx KISS from Duluth.

  6. Such a to unleash the fear. I feel the momentum to relief here, Val, as the storm passes through and you stand your ground. ❤ ❤ ❤ Yes! I like this very much.

  7. Wow! This is a terrific description of facing up to one’s fears to deal with life’s challenges. Thank you!

    • My poetry tends to be the most honest part of my soul, the only way my soul speaks. My heart and mind speaks in other ways but my soul, this is where it speaks.

      I am happy you found it spoke to you.

  8. Your words are mesmerizing. Oh that we all could rid ourselves of our fears, sometimes irrational and not at all practical. Thank you for sharing your poems with us. They reveal so much.

    • I sometimes think they give me away, then I think Monica it is part of stepping out into the storm. I am always grateful others find something in them.

  9. Being afraid can feel like there is a weight on you… we lift up and are bound again… those phases can be lengthy.. I send you light to counteract darkness xx

  10. Oh yes … even through turmoil and major life changes, new beginnings can be good.

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