The Light That Flickers, A Personal Experience with Hurricane Irene

Maria Malone By Maria Malone, 30th Aug 2011 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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During the storm, it was scary as the television broadcast that a tornado was heading toward our town and that we should retreat to the basement or interior part of our home.

The Light That Flickers

Being in the path of Irene in the State of New Jersey, we had prepared to be without electricity and running water for many days and had stocked up on bottled water and non-perishables ahead of time. During the storm, it was scary as the television broadcast that a tornado was heading toward our town and that we should retreat to the basement or interior part of our home. Luckily the tornado did not touch the ground near us, although I believe it did in another state.

As Irene continued north, I learned that friends and family members in nearby towns and adjoining states had flooding and property damage as a result of Hurricane Irene and are still awaiting the return of electricity and running water as their neighboring streams and rivers recede. Trains and flight schedules are still not back to normal and many roads are detoured.

While we felt lucky to have had Irene pass over with little damage to our property and neighborhood, we were without electricity for an extended period of time on Sunday, the day after the storm. During that time my husband and I talked and read a lot. As night approached we lit the candles we had taken out in preparation for nightfall but because my husband had to get up early the next morning for work, he turned in early.

When he went up to bed, it dawned on me just how dependent I was on electricity. What would I do without the computer or television and without a light to read by? I thought of something that I wrote once, called “A Writer is Never Lonely” and decided to take my own advice. I sat down with a pen and pad at the dining room table and by candlelight found inspiration to write the following poem:

The light that flickers
from within a darkest space
and quietly awaits
through destiny or mystic fate
a discovery of self no matter how late
patiently awaits a spark
to ignite the place
where creativity flows
and brings an outward glow
straight from the heart
to a knowing smile
upon your face.

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author avatar Buzz
30th Aug 2011 (#)

Am I glad you're alright, my friend! Your poem became your beacon of hope and light and ours as well.

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author avatar goldsongbird
30th Aug 2011 (#)

Beautiful.Out of darkness into the light my friend you are blessed x.

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author avatar Maria Malone
30th Aug 2011 (#)

Thank you Buzz and Goldsong, your visit and comments are appreciated!

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author avatar Carol
30th Aug 2011 (#)

Great poem Maria, and how scary it must have been for you. In England we moan about the weather, but we have no idea what people who experience hurricanes and tornadoes go through. I think we should count our blessings . Thanks for the share.

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author avatar Maria Malone
30th Aug 2011 (#)

Thank you Carol, we were really lucky and are thankful for this!

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author avatar Humza
30th Aug 2011 (#)

Thanks to God that u all are safe and irene passed u ppl and u all are good I hope so!

Very good poem u wrote in such a scary situation, ur a poet og guts maria, hats off :)

thnx alot for sharing :D

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author avatar Retired
30th Aug 2011 (#)

What an apt poem to conjure during Irene's frenzy--and thanks for sharing it with us in her wake. Blessings, rd

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author avatar Delicia Powers
30th Aug 2011 (#)

Very deeply felt poem, inspiring... from the depths of Irene, you created beauty, always elegance within your pen, glad you are safe!

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author avatar Maria Malone
30th Aug 2011 (#)

Thank you all for your comments and well wishes and Delicia I am glad you are safe as well as I heard there was much destruction from Irene in the north as well!

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
30th Aug 2011 (#)

What an exquisitely beautiful poem, Maria. I loved it. I'm so glad you came through the storm unscathed.

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author avatar Maria Malone
31st Aug 2011 (#)

Thanks so much Steve!

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author avatar Carol Kinsman
5th Sep 2011 (#)

I'm so glad you came through the storm ok. Such a beautiful poem. Thank you, Maria.

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author avatar Maria Malone
7th Sep 2011 (#)

Thank you Carol : )

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author avatar deepa venkitesh
16th Sep 2011 (#)

A small continuation dear
the light in our soul,
shows the way ahead,
when silence calms the thought-storms,
the face lights up and
realization dawns

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author avatar Maria Malone
16th Sep 2011 (#)

Very lovely deeps.....

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author avatar Songbird B
25th Sep 2011 (#)

So glad to hear that all is well with you Maria, and it is true, we are so dependant on power. Stunning inspired poem arose from your inner thoughts. This is really good my friend..

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author avatar Maria Malone
26th Sep 2011 (#)

Thanks Bev, it does take the power to go out to realize just how dependant we are!

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