ohhhh... life

Unsettling Event

What’s that saying?

The calm before the storm.

I am the calm-the cool and collected.

The circumstance is the storm,

Troubling and overwhelming.

I am at ease peaceful and still,

Like a stream of clear blue water,

Like the slow beat of a clock.

The event is disruptive and upsetting,

Like a flood washing away life,

Like an earthquake shaking the quiet.


Then the news comes startling and swift.

β€œHe’s passed”…she says.

This is news that rings over and over in my ears.

The calm is disrupted; my peace is on-edge,

A storm has moved in.

My mind won’t stop racing with memories and thoughts.

It’s so abrupt-so unseen.

The world feels frenzied and violent.


I force myself to be still again.

I pray for the strength to go back to the calm...

I return to tranquility and attempt to move forward.