A Calm that Follows

He calmed the storm to a whisper

and stilled the waves. — Psalm 107:29

That far off rumbling

makes me think 

of mountains

and great oceans,

the prowling wind 

through aging

rock or collapsing 

giant waves against 

a rugged shore,

and I strain to hear

the tapping, the end-

drops, the run-off 

through the eaves, 

the rivulets 

in the shimmering leaves,

and I am settled 

to a calmness that always

follows, filling in 

the dark-sky hollow

that made us shiver

as the storm was passing

just above our quivering souls.

—C.L. Fisher, June 2021

Unless otherwise indicated, all writings and images are the work of C.L. Fisher and may not be copied, used, or distributed without permission.

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