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Poem of the Month

Date: April 8, 2018

Nature's way - An Ode to the Hurricane


It’s been written “I think that I shall never see a poem lovely as a tree”

For in the midst of nature’s beauty your spirit shall be set free

Truly, there is no poem lovely as a tree, but it here I beg, take pause

Mother Nature, for all her beauty has her flaws – and some very wicked claws

Not all that moves upon the earth is cause for joy at morning’s birth

I have walked in the wake of Nature’s path and bathed in the remains of Nature’s wrath

Trees as kindling, strewn about – the reek of death leaves naught to doubt

Mercy is not in the character of Nature – Beauty, yes and destruction assured 

Homes of so many quickly taken, human or fauna equally shaken

Skies once filled with birds on high – blanked slates – not a speck to be seen

The aftermath of Nature’s wrath – delivered via wind and sea by a Hurricane named Harvey

One of Nature’s most perfect creations – Hurricane or Typhoon – the end remains the same

Nothing here remains the same for the scars she carved run deeper than the eye can see

500 year old trees laid to rest in an instant – uprooted and thrown like so much chattel

Entire islands swept clean of life with beaches cloven from Sea to Bay

I stood there in the darkness alone – three days after the winds had passed

Yet the rains still fell for days to come – washing away what the wind couldn’t break

I’ve yet to see a poem lovely as a tree or felt anything better than living free

Mother Nature, for all her beauty, is the Universe’s perfect psychopath

Not a care for the living or fear of the dead – devastating millions in the span of a day

She moves on without a second glance; caring not if we ever stood a chance

That is the truth of Nature’s way – She is truly life and death in a single breath

Yes, I lived through the disaster that befell us, or so I led myself to believe

Truth be told, and told it must be, part of me dies with that ancient oak tree

I lost something precious I’ve yet to recover – I lost hope, the one thing that never failed me

Perhaps in time I shall recover it – but not today, this I know for certain

As I slowly dim the lights around me and lower the curtains again...


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Reviews and Comments

5-stars: M. Grimsrud Reviewed "Life and Death in a Single Breath"; September 5, 2016

Enjoy it and sometimes cry and sometimes makes me chuckle 

Have this on our coffee table and pick up often for a lift me up or to get closer to the author. Enjoy it and sometimes cry and sometimes makes me chuckle. Great read, meditation, and gives me insight on many things. Thanks Robert.

5 Stars Mary_Kathryn Reviewed "Life and Death in a Single Breath"; August 31, 2016

Its wonderful to have it gathered and 

Every time I reread one of the poems or musings in this book I gain a new perspective or insight into myself or into the wrirer...into life itself. I've been a long time fan of the writer and for years feared the loss of his work. Its wonderful to have it gathered and shared. I know new readers will enjoy and gain as much as I have from this book. Hint-reread them at various times. ..sunrise with a cup of coffee or a rainy afternoon and see how they change.

5-Stars: Naoni reviewed "Life and Death in a Single Breath; July 10, 2016

A book worth reading!

The poetry in this book can really make you feel, the emotions portrayed really comes out. You can feel his love for his wife and the pain he has experienced in life. In the book you will read bits and pieces of the author's life so you get a glimpse into who he is that makes you want more of his story. 

Bobbi O. reviewed Life and Death in a Single Breath; July 7, 2016

Some of them I read over and over, getting something different each time, which is really amazing to me.

I received this book as a gift from a friend of the author. It is the only book I own. I was never much of a reader growing up and have never bought a book in my 50 plus years, let alone read one all the way through. When I am reading his poetry I find myself blocking out the world around me. It's something I never expected. I have laughed and cried while reading them. I can't really explain the effect it has on me, other than to say that it takes me away and I feel things I haven't felt before. I keep it on my nightstand and read one or two almost every night before going to sleep. I recommend this book to anyone that likes poetry, and even to those who think they don't, like me before I started reading it. 

Alan rated "Life and Death in a Single Breath" at 5-stars on Goodreads; Sept, 24, 2016

I won this book in a recent Goodreads First Reads giveaway.

I very rarely read poetry, as it usually doesn't hold my interest. This book is one of a very few that I have enjoyed and kept my interest until the end. I shall be keeping this book on my shelf to read again sometime. Recommended. 

April rated "Life and Death in a Single Breath" at 5-stars on Goodreads; Dec 12, 2016

It was amazing!

A wonderful collection of poems that held my interest. I would really recommend.

Marilyn Stanley; November 10, 2016

Marilyn Stanley rated "Life and Death in a Single Breath" at 4-stars on Goodreads