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After the storm..........
by Karen Palumbo
Thursday, May 10, 2007
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Always so amazing to observe another of God's creations.

                       After the storm............  





          First quiet day in over a week,
       afforded me time to think and reflect.
           Thunder, lightning, pouring rain,
             tornadoes close by I do detect.

          Mowed, edged, tended my garden,
       before it began, the sun shone bright,
      Rabbits in burrows, squirrels in trees,
         birds on the roof soon took flight.

            Drainpipes working overtime,
        windows attacked by rain and ice.
            Close your eyes, stay inside,
     outside right now is anything but nice.

         As I looked all around I coud see,
     the changes evolving, finally to green.
  White, yellow, orange, lavender and blue,
      symphony of colors meant to be seen.

       Peering up to the clouds I could see,
     a manifestation of nature at her best.
    Many pastel colors beginning to form,
          on angel wings so full of zest.

   My kitties have just about had enough,
 sitting by the window, all three in a row.
   Mentally tired and so physically worn,
look to the heavens at a wondrous rainbow.

Find it amazing through hardship and strife,
 something so simple can make us all smile.
    Wash away the tears, anger and pain,
          bring us back to feeling happy,
                    if just for a while.



Written by:
Karen Palumbo
Photography by:
Robert Palumbo
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Reviewed by Sonnet Kruger 8/10/2012
I just love all your poems xxxxxxx
Reviewed by JMS Bell 8/22/2010
Reviewed by Patrick Granfors 5/30/2009
You have such an amazing command of language and texture. I am humbled. Patrick
Reviewed by Annabel Sheila 5/20/2009
Very nicely penned Karen. I saw the scenery before you, and felt every word of your poem!Nature is one of our greatest treasures!
Reviewed by Joanna Leone 2/24/2009
The beautiful rainbow appears at the right moment, and just when we least expect it! After the storm, you took the time to notice the beautiful array of colors around you. This is a well written poem!
I believe that the simplest things are the most beautiful, and these are the things that will make us smile and lift our spirits. A rainbow and nature around us is all we need to lift our spirits sometimes. No matter how much ice, rain and storms we have to go through, something beautiful will make us smile!
Reviewed by A Serviceable Villain 10/23/2008

Brilliantly composed . . . mon auteur/poète de gratitude profond!

Faites attention,

Reviewed by Dorlana Vann 10/21/2008
Hi Karen,

"something so simple can make us all smile." Made me smile. :) Great Poem. Have a pretty day.

Reviewed by Destiny Diadem 8/2/2008
As I looked all around I coud see,
the changes evolving, finally to green.
White, yellow, orange, lavender and blue,
symphony of colors meant to be seen.

The last stanza also captured my spirit. Thank you for that amazing poem. Lately, I have become so fascinated with flowers because they remind me of life, especially my faith in Jesus. Today I have decided to enjoy and celebrate ME as I look to God. Then I read your poem and your words confirmed my new passion. Have a wonderful day. I pray that you day is peaceful and that you are enjoying your uniqueness. Take care.
Reviewed by John E Boak 6/12/2008
I like the idea of this poem and the way it was have captured the essence of how we always stand up after a storm, the rainbow is glorious and wondrous indeed,but alas no rainbow without rains so i think the sacrifice of going through a storm is worth it when we see the spectacular beauty of the gives us a feeling that all will be well again,"bring us back to feeling happy,
if just for a while" if I may quote your poem...great write!
Reviewed by Tony Jenkins 5/2/2008
A cycle of life.

Reviewed by sean gadson 4/24/2008
After the Storm,I suppose we all can find alot of likeness,as long as we see that rainbow afterwards theres a prettier day...
Reviewed by Debra Baker 4/10/2008
Karen, I just love how you took the act of Mother nature and spruced it with such beauty. Lovely right my friend.
Reviewed by Jon Willey 1/20/2008
Life is a series of intermittent storms and lulls. But as the words to an old song I once heard so eloquently noted, "storms never last --do they baby, bad times are left with the wind -- your hand in mine stills the thunder -- you make the sun want to shine". And so the storms come and they pass as we gain sanctuary from our loved ones and God. Another masterful piece from Karen. Thanks for the sharing. Jon Michael Willey
Reviewed by Dawn Anderson 12/18/2007
Rainbows.....truly one of God's most beautiful creations. We all need to stop from time to time to be still.......and just watch. Beautiful piece, Karen.
Reviewed by Sheri Uy 11/21/2007
Rainbows always make me smile. Beautifully crafted, Karen.

Be well,
Reviewed by Michael Guy 8/14/2007
just reading this now. I see you are always in control of your colorful pallette (sic) I wish I was like that but I'm a more "chaotic writer". So full of weather, garden and animal imagery - I'm a constant weather watcher so I love anything like that. the day to day beauties of the simple life perfectly expressed. I'm enjoying your poems for the first time. so how do you get a chapbook?
Reviewed by Robin Rice 8/1/2007
I love the rainbow!!!! The picture shows the beauty that is available to us each and every day. The poem is a fantastic reminder of why I love the rain soooo very much. Thanks for helping me remember.
Reviewed by Patricia Bankhead 5/24/2007
I really enjoyed reading this poem. The photo and poem went together great. God bless and keep writing.
Reviewed by Southern Comfort 5/17/2007
This was so beautiful and enjoyable! You great talent and vivid imagery brought this poem to life before my eyes. BIG HUGS! SC
Reviewed by Mary Grace Patterson 5/16/2007
After a storm everything seems fresh and new.. Good imgaery....M
Reviewed by P-M Terry Lamar 5/13/2007
The storms seem to be unending this season. I'm glad you were able to look on the bright side and share this.
Thank you,
Reviewed by Joyce Bowling 5/13/2007
Stunning combination my friend...beautiful photography and a wonderful write, it is great how the simple things can give us pleasure, peace and joy! Outstanding write, one of my favorites thus far! Always a pleasure to stop by and read your work!
Joyce Bowling
Reviewed by Tinka Boukes 5/12/2007
Great imagery in this well written piece!!

Lov etinka
Reviewed by Jeanette Cooper 5/12/2007
This is a lovely poem with great images to show the aftermath of the storm. And yes, there is always happiness--even for awhile. Jeanette
Reviewed by Regina Pounds 5/11/2007
Karen, a beautiful contribution here and reminder to stop and just appreciate.

Thank you.
Reviewed by F William Broome 5/11/2007
My thanks to the two of you. This og beauty in words and sky. Also, I thank you for the weather prediction. We have FINALLY had rain and storm in the northenn part of Georgia. Would that it ravel down southward and quench the long-time fires, there.
Enjoyd the read and the scene, too. - Bill
Reviewed by Andy Turner (Reader) 5/11/2007
Mrs PALUMBO, just needed to say it...

The penn gives the afore and aft emotions..Clever and good penning..
Reviewed by Jibril Mohamed 5/11/2007
Ilove your poetry coz they are filled wih natural beauty. I enjoyed the write and the picture is beautiful.

My kitties have just about had enough,
sitting by the window, all three in a row.
Mentally tired and so physically worn,
look to the heavens at a wondrous rainbow.

Thanks for sharing.

Reviewed by Stan Grimes 5/11/2007
Beautiful imagry. Thanks for sharing
Reviewed by Morning Star 5/11/2007
Wow we just when through this storms here in TX
But "oh as you look up the and see
The many beautiful colors of a rainbow
Such beauty,I'am very happy that you and yours are Safe!!
Love And Peace to you always
Your friend...Morning Star
Reviewed by Dale Clark 5/11/2007
Great piece as Jude already stated happiness is fleeting
but the greatest pleasures are the simple acts
of kindness and love that we can show one another.
Reviewed by Regis Auffray 5/11/2007
There is a saying in French, "Après la pluie, le beau temps." It implies that after dark times, the light will come again. Your poem reminds me of this. The photo effecitively complements your verses as well. Thank you for sharing this gift. Love and peace to you,

Reviewed by jude forese 5/11/2007
happiness is indeed fleeting but it is bolstered by the simple pleasures of life ... delightful poem, Karen ... has an wonderful uplifting sense to it ...
Reviewed by Chantilly Lace (Reader) 5/11/2007
Enjoyed very much,Hugssssssss
Reviewed by LadyJtalks LadyJzTalkZone (Reader) 5/11/2007
A good write about the emotional rollercoaster you are on. Lady J
Reviewed by Georg Mateos 5/11/2007
After the storm, time to make up and smile again at the frayed nerves which jolted when the last lightning felt so near.
The rainbow is always a bonus.
Reviewed by Mr. Ed 5/11/2007
Peering up to the clouds I could see,
a manifestation of nature at her best.
Many pastel colors beginning to form,
on angel wings so full of zest.

Rainbows after a storm are truly wondrous things!
Reviewed by Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado 5/11/2007
Beautiful and inspirational, Karen; this is the time when you can fully appreciate God's Beauty in the storm and afterwards. Glad you're safe! God bless you, (((Dear Friend)))!

(((HUGS))) and much love, your friend in Burleson, Karen Lynn. :D

Saving this beauty! :)
Reviewed by George Carroll 5/10/2007
A yearly event in many places but oh so tiresome and nerve racking.
Reviewed by Abdi-Noor Mohamed (Eagle Of Hope) 5/10/2007
Very sweet and quite inspiring. Your poetry refreshes the mind with the powers of nature's beauty
Reviewed by D Johnson 5/10/2007
Karen, as always, nice write accompanied by great photo.

Reviewed by Douglas Bentley 5/10/2007
Sounds like it's been a rough week.
Yet still, a smile to seek.
Thanks for sharing.
Bet your cats were ready to see the sun.
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