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The peace before the storm
G.Stannus


There’s nothing like the peace
that precedes the thunderstorm,
the calm that accompanies the warmth
-and the darkening cosiness.


When heard on a mellow radio,
there’s nothing like lightning
striking somewhere, static
-as people chat inconsequentially.


There’s nothing like the gradual
stillness of the air,
a storm
- poised to strike


there’s nothing like expectation
voices sounding somehow different
thoughts and feelings
- somehow strangely roused.


There’s nothing like
new situations developing,
which call for new responses,
-is there, darling?