Looming Chaos


The skies grew thick
As the clouds rolled in
And there was an eerie calm
Amidst the howling wind

We watched in anticipation
As the storm circled overhead
With fascination and wonder
Neither fear nor dread

It was amazing to see
The unfurling rage
Which was lurking just above us
As we silently gazed

Our hearts beat faster
As the beast began to stir
The scene around us
Rapidly becoming just a blur

We tried in earnest
To turn away
Yet curiosity beckoned us
Forcing us to stay

As the storm pressed closer
We realized our mistake
And as the waters rose
Our hearts did break

We scrambled for high ground
Finding nowhere to escape
Watching in apprehension
As our world was raped

And in the bitter end
Our hopes and dreams
Were ripped apart
At the very seams

We shuddered to think
What we would ever do
Now that our world
Had come unglued

But we were ever grateful
That our lives had been spared
Even though we had been
Thoroughly unprepared

Scattered pieces of our lives
Now lay plastered to the ground
A sorrowful sinking feeling
Lingers all around

Yet we know the promise
That a new day can bring
And to this last hope
We now desperately cling


© 2017 Michelle Cook

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25 thoughts on “Looming Chaos

  1. I am sorry to read about your daughters facing different kind of natural disasters.

    I hope, pray and wish that you beautiful family be happy, strong-will and insane at the same time.

    I hope you as well are not in the path of these storms. It’s scary for us even to watch all these news updates.

    Keep us updated, Much prayers 💚

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    1. Aww…. thank you. It appears that my oldest daughter who was very close to losing her home in a California fire, is now in the clear.

      And my second oldest daughter, is now directly in the path of hurricane Irma. They are prepared for the worst though and live in one of the highest elevations in Florida. So Lord willing, she will be okay.

      Thank you for your prayers. 🙏🏻


      1. Sheeeew, I didn’t know about the california fire.

        Seriously, I will be panic mode had my daughters going through like this.

        I think a father in me, won’t let anything come near to my babies.

        My wishes and prayers towards you and your daughter. Hope they remain safe and sound throughout this time.

        Much concern for them seriously from my side. 😔

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            1. I just found out that my daughter, her husband, and his family that they live with, are all doing well. They still have electricity and water, just a lot of clean up to do now that the storm has passed. I’m so incredibly thankful! Thank you for your prayers and please keep praying. Many of their friends still do not have power and I know so many people have lost their homes. I heard one person say they got 14 ft. of water!!! Can you even imagine? Yikes!


            2. Wow just made my day at the end of day, about to go to sleep.

              It’s amazing to know the depth of devastation. And happiness that precious lives are saved, electricity and power and houses can be restored but not lives.

              Unfortunately, at our end, a little bit of rain creates havoc and devastation and so many innocent lives are lost.

              My best wishes and prayers are still you all.

              How about your other daughter in california?

              P.S: I didn’t know your daughter is married you didn’t look as old as in the picture. Secret for looking young 😉

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            3. Thank you… my oldest daughter is fine too. The fire is 90% contained and should be completely out soon. My two oldest daughters are both married. They both married last year. And thank you for the age comment… lol. My secret for staying young is that I refuse to grow up. And if you truly believe you’re young, you’ll stay that way! 😉


  2. Wow. Incredible poem, choice of words and place to be in the midst of your family’s peril. Praying for all of their safety. … just question of curiosity…is the photo legit? People standing by the storm cloud? Amazing footage, real or not.

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    1. Yeah, I had no idea when I scheduled this prompt, that the girls would both be in the middle of the worst natural disasters that they’ve ever had to face. I gotta stop doing that! Seriously! Lol… 😉

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  3. A wonderfully poignant and meaningful poem, especially for those affected by the forces of nature in America. And you line “Watching with apprehension, as our world was raped”, depicts how we are all thinking at this stage…..

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    1. Thank you Ivor. I’ve got one daughter currently threatened by fires and another daughter threatened by the approaching hurricane. As a mother, I’m a little nervous.


  4. It’s a good poem, but a hurricane and tornado are not very romantic. I’ve been through a tornado and the aftermath, and several hurricanes while I lived in Florida. The fear, stress level and sheer exhaustion are unbelievable.

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    1. I think I was destined to become a storm chaser. I can never seem to get enough of a good storm. One of these days, I’ll probably be struck down, because I just can’t help myself! 😉 I always have to watch intently as the storm unfolds. My hubby is the same way.
      It’ll probably be the death of both of us someday. But at least we’ll die doing something we both love! 😉 Lol…

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