Once upon an evening
Suddenly the sky darkened and strange clouds sailed swiftly across the sky. A flash of lightning, rumble of thunder and the fire siren, two miles away, warning everyone in hearing distance.
Kids and dogs retreat to the basement. I grab my purse, camera and cell phone. We look at each other for a few moments, there in the bowels of the house we call home. And then we walked out the basement door, under the front porch and up around to the side of the house.
We looked up …
And there, directly above our heads, was a swirling pinwheel of angry dark clouds. We stood in fascination — heads thrown back and mouths agape. Really? Is this really going to happen? And images of storms and destruction and heartbroken people flood my mind. The distant siren continues to call everyone to shelter.
Icy raindrops begin to pelt our skin and we stare into the depths of dark clouds.
We are fascinated by what we see …
… and we see faces — terrifying grins and stern eyes staring down at us from above. The clouds are writhing with evil demons. Can you see them, looking down with sadistic grins?
How about now?
And then heavy rain pounds the earth and the storm blows by and we’re left with a rainbow and a promise.
And an hour later the sky glows with joy.
They stretch and reach in an effort to touch …
And at last they do and I’m reminded of the painting in the Sistine Chapel, God creating Adam, two fingers outstretched — the blink of an eye before an eternal connection. Do you suppose Michelangelo was inspired by a similar sunset?
The brilliant color eventually receded and the mists began to rise in the valley.
Wet, dripping earth hovers between daylight and eventide, pausing after one storm and before the next.
And the sun drops out of sight as the bright yellow moon rises high.
And I’m overwhelmed with the shows of the day … the grumbling cranky afternoon … joy-filled and vibrant evening color show and now this … a pale moon, rising. I am humbled.
Men lead the way, rule the world, stand in control?
I think not. Most certainly not.