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Storm  I remember the fear I used to feel when the sky would turn green, huddling under a blanket as hail rained, my parents watching the local news as nighttime ravaged the afternoon sun.  It’s the same fear I feel now, exposed to a vastness outside my window, that even though my parents love me, the Midwestern storm still has the upper hand.   I concede vulnerability to the elements— the ferocity of darkness, the wind raping my cheeks, eyes spilling gallons of anxiety, waking in ruble with splinters in my feet, crippled in unending fear.   I’m not hiding under a blanket anymore. I’m standing in the rain accepting the challenge, knowing the torrent will pass, and the sky will illuminate again tomorrow. I am still afraid, but I face east with alacrity.

I’m often asked where I find my inspiration. Most of the time it’s random, like the color of my hot tea or hearing a song playing at the grocery store, but sometimes I seek out inspiration too. On Thursday I asked a handful of my friends what their favorite word was that day. I didn’t explain why I was asking, which netted me some pretty interesting responses, like burrito or sandwich. One of my friends even made up a word.

There were a few answers however that stuck out: storm, alacrity, and illuminate. The strength behind these words is consuming and even more intriguing are the reasons that my friends chose these. I initially intended to write a separate poem for each word, but then I realized how interconnected they could be, which again, is a pretty powerful discovery.

This poem is dedicated to my friends Kelsey, Charlie, and Cameron.

What is your favorite word today?

–Leanne Rebecca


Poetry and music.

14 thoughts on “Storm

  1. This is so powerful and wonderful and I love your explanation of your inspiration! I carry a notebook with me everywhere because you never know when a phrase or word or overheard conversation will inspire. thank you for your posts, you have an amazing talent, I love your work. Namaste


  2. I lost your blog for a little while, Leanne, and I missed it. “As nighttime ravaged the afternoon sun” and “eyes spilling gallons of anxiety” are great images.

  3. amazing. that’s how I feel about this post but it’s also my favorite word today. it makes me feel like everything is going well even when it’s not

    1. I love your choices. I think faith is one of my favorites of all time. I put a lot of faith in the people around me and I think it has such a beautiful image. It also just sounds cool. Cheers!

  4. Creative but yes, some words have power and some evoke strong emotions. For me the word “harvest” seems to induce sadness while “sunshine” brings a smile. ♥

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