poetry and prose about place

Arthur – during the storm

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front yard during Arthur

front yard during Arthur


trees in hurricane rain

trees in hurricane rain




woods are a green ocean

swell, each oak a breaker, and pines

crash on the shore, withdraw, branches

lift and fall, lift and settle

maples gyrate, invert their leaves, backlit

waves, spray from every

blade, winds tug at petiole, green

debris on the deck, fallen stars

on the lawn, the wind a rumble, every

branch a knife, each trunk a bow, bent

beyond the stretch of fibre, trees heave

branches lash, in the woods a crack

pummels the growl of a chainsaw in

the neighbor’s yard



bunches of leaves on the deck

bunches of leaves on the deck


a crack in the branch of our maple

a crack in the branch of our maple


Copyright  2014  Jane Tims

Written by jane tims

July 14, 2014 at 7:00 am

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  1. I love your poem, too, Jane -a wonderful rendering of a hurricane’s sounds and sights. You guys got slammed pretty hard, but I’m glad you came through with your sense of adventure still intact!

    Barbara Rodgers

    July 19, 2014 at 10:49 am

    • Hi. I guess if a power outage is our biggest problem, we don’t have much to complain about! Jane

      jane tims

      July 24, 2014 at 9:10 am

  2. I love this poem, Jane, right from the very first words. “woods are a green ocean” describes so well some of what I saw when Arthur blew through here.


    July 14, 2014 at 3:05 pm

    • Hi Robin. There are still people without power here. Chainsaws and generators were the most common sounds after the storm. Jane

      jane tims

      July 15, 2014 at 12:05 pm

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