We’ve all been watching the stories of the devastation of Hurricane Matthew this past week. There is a definite force in nature which can precipitate changes or sculpt the elements around them. We’ve seen forest fires, torrential rains, snow storms and tornados, earthquakes and volcano eruptions. Today, write about the forces of  nature. And remember, not all forces need to be bad things.



Earth nourishes us. We plant
and farm. Trees rise, flowers
bloom, providing shade,
and beauty to gaze upon.
Earth can also quake,
and open craters in our midst,
causing destruction and death.

Water is life’s elixir. We use
it to drink, bathe, and nurture
plants.  Oceans, lakes, and creeks
are water’s home. If no rain
falls, drought will devour earth.
When a lifeline turns, spurns
us with hurricanes, tornadoes,
and floods, disaster ensues.

We breathe in air to survive.
Yet, we take air for granted,
polluting it with chemicals
and fuels. If air becomes unhealthy,
what can we use as a substitute?

We depend on fire for warmth,
cooking our food, and lighting
our hearths to glow and dance.
Chances are taken by careless
people. They drop lit cigarettes.
One person can start a wildfire
that decimate homes,
taking lives along the way.

Be kind. Mind Mother Nature’s
elements. Without warning,
she can exact revenge.
We do not have control
of every aspect comprising
the elements, but we can
all do our part for life.

(C) Sara McNulty – 2016




I listen to the rumble. Such intensity in the city. Rains in buckets and sheets spill, the streets in rivulets streaming.Watching from my window shadows form, silhouettes bathed in every bolt of electric mayhem striking in the distance and nearer. The fear is that the power would surge and crackle and leave all in darkness. It hearkens back to the womb. Damp and dark, murmurs and gurgles amplify. The cascade filling gulleys and valleys, awash with nature’s fury. If you hurry, you can step out of the confluence before it ruins your shoes.

Hard and intense,
the rain falls in the distance.
In its wake, the calm.

(C) Walter J. Wojtanik – 2016


* Shinotskuame is the Japanese word for intense rain.