A Speck of Energy

Reena’s Exploration Challenge

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With grateful thanks to Reena who this week asks us:

What is it that makes you feel powerful? What is that strength which makes your time on this planet worthwhile?

A SPECK OF ENERGY

When Spring rains tease, and make believe
this year there’ll be no splashing seaside days —
no beach ball play, no sandy feet, or plastic spades —
I smile to hear my friends’ predictable complaints,
then, when fickle summer deigns to show its heated face,
I bathe in its flirtatious fleeting phase.

When sunny haze gives way to skittering breeze
that flutters fading flags from yawning trees,
to drop them all in heaps
on forest floors and fields and lawns,
it saddens me to see them crackle in the gardener’s autumn blaze,
and turn to ash as if they have
no valid place in fenced-in, trim hedge symmetry,
yet even boot-black ash has energy,
and with a ready partner, synergy ensues.

The winter wind and snowy cold bring mixed emotions to my bursting soul,
but all in all, each season has its virtues.

I’m humbled by the size and quantity of life. I often wonder how I signify,
impotent as I am to rectify the cruel wrongs I see,

but then I feel approaching storm
whose electricity, far from numbing me with fear,
elates each atom of my fumbling frame.
With rising thrill I lock my door and run outside to face the gale
and find a hill to climb
that I may watch the angry might of lightening
illuminate the sky, and hear the thunder rumbling to remind me:
this is power, and it is mine.

It may strike me down,
or it may let me live, but whatever the decision,
I am an invincible, though infinitesimal, grain of matter,
an intrinsic speck of the energy of this astonishing organism
we call Planet Earth,
and, having been created at her birth,
Neither you nor I can be destroyed,
only repeatedly altered in form.

Some future day my nutrients may feed a seedling
or keep a mighty tree alive;
a tree which will contain me even after its trunk crumbles
and it bows to a fresh partner,
preparing to dance to a new tune
in the megalithic cycle of life.

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Or to put it another way:

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awakens my

elecric energy

and makes me feel

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©Jane Paterson Basil

9 thoughts on “A Speck of Energy

    1. To feel fully alive in a storm I need to be out there in the elements, the rain drenching me, and the wind reaching for my bones, as I challenge each bolt of lightning…
      OK… beginning to sound a bit crazy… better say I’m joking…

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        1. I saw a YouTube video a while ago, of a guy who was struck by lightening, got up, walked on, looking a bit dazed, was struck again, got up again – then it happened a third time, and he still got up and walked away… ‘course, it could have been trick photography…

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    1. Reena – your post was the inspiration, so it’s me who should be thanking you. I’ve written about storms before, but it was only when I saw your question that I saw the connection. Storms remind me that I am a tiny part of this massive organism; earth, and that makes me feel amazing. If we all felt like that all of the time, there would be no war and no hatred. We’d take care of each other, and the planet – just as, if your neck aches, you soothe it with your hand, to bring your body back to health.

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