The Darkest Day

Mother Nature chagrined,
shrouded in grey low-slung sky.
Rains gush, pummel sideways
as she weeps beyond control.
Strong oaks uprooted,
her scalp bared in raw splotches.

Gales punish the unrepentant.
We the offenders struggle
bending at right angles from the waist,
plodding toward imagined escape.
Our feeble umbrellas abandoned,
their broken ribs litter the sodden path.

Has her sun forsaken us, our sins too great?
Depression’s black hole inverted,
is this vortex our fate?
It drowns even the most optimistic,
hope abandoned in storming grief.
We fear the apocalypse has begun.

Written for Open Link Night at dVerse, the virtual pub for poets around the globe.

Idea for poem came from yesterday — waking up at 6 AM and finding trees outside our windows blowing like crazy in the midst of a Nor’easter that lasted for almost 12 hours. It downed many trees across the area. Many across
Boston and surrounding area lost power from pummeling rain and wind gusts up to 80 mph. We remained safely indoors. Photo is in public domain in and is not from Boston.

**I am a positive person – really I am! Sometimes I have no idea why the pen turns to the dark side.

33 thoughts on “The Darkest Day

  1. Ingrid October 28, 2021 / 3:07 pm

    I feel your fear, too, Lillian: this is an evocative poem. I am pleased you are safe and well, and still positive!


  2. Grace October 28, 2021 / 3:10 pm

    I fear the wrath and backlash from mother nature. That image is terrifying but I am an optimist so hoping for the best.
    Good to read that you are safe.

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    • lillian October 28, 2021 / 3:20 pm

      We are indeed…but just back from a walk around our place and saw 6 HUGE trees totally uprooted. Quite the winds!!!


  3. merrildsmith October 28, 2021 / 3:19 pm

    I can feel the power of that wind and rain–well done! We had a bit of that nor’easter, but not as bad as that.
    My pen does the same thing sometimes. 😀

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    • lillian October 28, 2021 / 3:21 pm

      Just back from a walk and 6 HUGE trees totally uprooted on the walk by our complex. What a storm!!!

      Liked by 1 person

      • merrildsmith October 28, 2021 / 3:38 pm

        I’m so glad we didn’t get that. So sad about the trees. There are so many area around here that are still devastated by storms, flooding, and tornados.


  4. Glenn A. Buttkus October 28, 2021 / 3:22 pm

    Global warming has made climate a raging behemoth. Nature has become so angry, wounded, raped, and abused, our plight will not be an easy one for the next decade.


  5. Ron. October 28, 2021 / 3:25 pm

    What a nightmare, especially for one who venerates trees as much as I do. Glad you’re (comparatively) safe Lillian. Thanks for sharing.


  6. Dora October 28, 2021 / 3:27 pm

    That these thoughts come at us with the swiftness of a gale storm makes them all the more inescapable. How frightening the storm must have been! The last line is full of its despairing agitation. My pen feel it too many times.


  7. Björn Rudberg (brudberg) October 28, 2021 / 3:31 pm

    I feel that earth will rid itself from humanity in more or less the same way as a dog getting rid of fleas.


  8. rogblog666 October 28, 2021 / 3:45 pm

    reminds of the storm of 1987 here in england. hope all are safe. loved the poem.


  9. Ken / rivrvlogr October 28, 2021 / 4:25 pm

    Your description is fitting for this haunting time of the year.


  10. calmkate October 28, 2021 / 4:49 pm

    we are having severe storms across different areas of oz right now too … thousand in SA are without power and we are warned these huge storms will hit here this afternoon. The tragedy of losing those mature trees … you’re on a writing roll 🙂


  11. Ain October 28, 2021 / 4:51 pm

    A dramatic build up leading to the final crashing question…well done.


  12. Tricia Sankey October 28, 2021 / 5:14 pm

    Glad you are safe, I can definitely feel the apprehension in your verses, especially love, “Our feeble umbrellas abandoned, their broken ribs litter the sodden path.” Your pen captured the moment well!


  13. marialberg October 28, 2021 / 6:25 pm

    I like the connection of uprooted trees to pulling out hair.


  14. Sunra Rainz October 28, 2021 / 6:56 pm

    Wow, that is some extreme weather!! Gosh, I hope the storm has passed now. I can never get my head around a wind so strong it actually manages to uproot a tree, it makes my mind boggle.

    I enjoyed your thought process and analogy throughout however, and the personification of umbrellas littering the path like broken ribs was very vivid! 🙂


  15. Carol Congalton October 28, 2021 / 7:10 pm

    What a storm and what strong words to describe it. I could feel the wind’s strength in your words!
    I especially love these lines – ‘Our feeble umbrellas abandoned,
    their broken ribs litter the sodden path.’ and ‘Strong oaks uprooted,
    her scalp bared in raw splotches. A wonderfully powerful poem!


  16. Gillena Cox October 29, 2021 / 4:32 am

    “Our feeble umbrellas abandoned,”
    This is such a powerful image alongside many more in your poem
    A most profound write



  17. ayiekosami October 29, 2021 / 5:20 am

    the second stanza speaks volumes of the feelings of that fateful day. I hope you’re okay.


  18. robtkistner October 29, 2021 / 5:48 am

    I am suffering badly my sight and arthritis, so I will return soon and read and remark,!


    • lillian October 29, 2021 / 7:59 am

      I’m so sorry to hear this. Just take care of you and feel better soon!


  19. Helen Dehner October 29, 2021 / 1:22 pm

    YOU are indeed a positive person … more than capable of darkness done beautifully.


  20. Beverly Crawford October 29, 2021 / 1:23 pm

    Well, the darkside indeed. I guess weathering that storm would send one’s muse in a dark direction, and you masterfully gave darkness a nod!


  21. lovemorestudio October 29, 2021 / 3:51 pm

    The moon, of course is the perfect metaphor to convey the dark and isolating effect of your moon-month condition (which I just read about following your link, thank you for sharing)

    I love the final lines:
    “My hope: to see you on the other side
    My hope, you are still near.”

    Be well, and bring that hope with you.
    ~peace, Jason


  22. lovemorestudio October 29, 2021 / 4:01 pm

    Big storms are such scary (and exciting!) events, you’ve captured this feeling well. Oh those punishing gales….

    Thanks for the weather update, I’ll have to call to check on family in the area! Glad you are safe, ~peace, Jason

    Liked by 1 person

  23. Kenji Kojima October 31, 2021 / 2:23 am

    Glad to learn you and George are safe, very sad to see those trees uprooted.

    Liked by 2 people

    • lillian October 31, 2021 / 7:26 am

      Yes. We actually had six huge trees uprooted near us. And I was very sad to see I am not able to attend the reunion. We will be in Russia on a cruise then. Which means I am even more glad we got to see you when we were in Japan!

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