Watching the Ripples Radiate.
Author: marshalg

Chapter 69
Whilst in the Torment of the Storm




When the rain is cold and pelting

When the windstorm shreds the trees

Do you find your courage wanting?

Is there weakness in the knees?

Have you faced the dark intruder?

Have you stared that challenge down?

Have you summoned forth the fortitude,

To keep humiliation gowned?

Camouflaged the leaden spinelessness,

That dreaded empty space,

Where once there was a warrior

Who wore courage on his face.




Felt the thrashing of the current

As the waves come pounding in,

Inexorably it lacerates

And tears the fair white skin.

The brutality of bedrock,

The blackness of the night,

And the fear that runs like mercury

Through the torment and the fright.

The uselessness of effort,

The lassitude of limb,

It’s the cramping ague of gutlessness

That is consuming him.




Dissipating storm clouds

The skies begin to clear

And with it go emergencies

And with it goes the fear.

Residually it lingers

As a gnawing hollow blend

Of anxious blue inadequacies,

Of unsubstantiated end

To performance under duress,

Compared to that which is the norm,

It’s just a blinding lack of courage

Whilst in the torment of the storm.




Mangere Bridge

24 November 2008






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