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A Cleansing.....
by Karen Palumbo

Thursday, October 08, 2009
Rated "PG" by the Author.
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               A Cleansing.....


The hour is late, the wind is blowing,
tears are falling through angel eyes.
Skies are blackened, stars are hiding,
trees sway to the beat of hallowed sighs.

First a light sprinkle, growing to a trickle,
ponds and lakes welcome replenishing life.
Wetting the whistle of beast and man,
setting aside all the struggle and strife.

Every time these angel tears fall,
they gently covet all in its path.
Squirrels find safety high in trees,
birds come out, enjoying a bath.

Bunny's scurry for warmth and safety,
while kitties gather under the bed.
Windows rattle, glass begins to break,
suddenly a feeling of horror and dread.

Wind picks up speed, trees bending low,
ice pellets bouncing when hitting the ground.
Roof explodes in a thunderous roar,
as baseball size hail hurls earth bound.

Puppies protected in their carrier cage,
barking and sitting with eyes opened wide.
Extra bottled water and extra food,
time for all to huddle, time for all to hide.

As quckly as it began, it all came to an end,
and the ground outside was glittering bright.
Street lights turned on and cast a hue,
pastel colors yellow, blue, against the white.

A strange silence overcame the new landscape,
a crispness, a cleansing, no prints to be seen.
Embracing the moment and moving forward,
a muffled chirping engulfed the new scene.

Angels now smiling for the gift they presented,
watching diligently at this earthly renewal.
Offering a cleansing from God to heal,
as we take time to say thanks for his jewel.



Written by:
Karen Palumbo
Photography by:
Robert Palumbo
10/8/2009 © All rights reserved




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Reviewed by Erick Flores 9/9/2012
awesome poem, natures delight with a hint of humility
Reviewed by K. Mulroney 6/1/2011
You depicted so well the beauty of new fallen snow, untouched if only for a moment as the sky clears and the stars come out and it's like a field of diamonds. Great descriptive poetry, so glad to be reading you again Karen!
Reviewed by H. Lena Jones 3/9/2011
Beautiful, simply beautiful, Karen. What I like most after a deluge,is the freshness in the air and the cleanness of the earth and streets. Even the birds and other critters seem to sing in appreciation. I hope this makes sense? :)

God Bless.
Love and Hugs,
Reviewed by Lavendar Jazz 1/24/2011
Well done, I can visualize the hail storm and hear the tears as they fall. We don't get them often in NC but when we do... People are fearful. Great writing...the
Reviewed by Emile Tubiana 9/22/2010
Dear Karen,I came across your beautiful poem. I like the image you painted with your words. Surely nature gives us many occasions to wonder and observe. Thanks for sharing. Love, Emile
Reviewed by Nicole Weaver 6/10/2010
You certainly have a way with words, this is very well written. Very vivid and full of perfect imagery. Bravo!
Reviewed by Regis Auffray 4/28/2010
Nature often has a way of "cleansing" and "renewing;" a rebirth as such; would that humans would do the same with their souls. Thank you, Karen. Love and best wishes,

Reviewed by JMS Bell 3/25/2010
Reviewed by Michael Jones 10/19/2009
Karen Michael Jackson and I, Michael C. Jones are paying you the highest tribute we can next to God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit. All I can say is, THIS IS IT, which would have been his last tour now we pay hommage to your poem ' THIS IS IT' thank God for you sister Karen!
Reviewed by lili dauphin 10/18/2009
It's so beautiful and vivid. Love it.
Reviewed by Cryssa C 10/12/2009
It has been snowing here... not much is sticking, but I love the air and the sky and the feeling of crispness in the air as I watch the snowflakes fall...silently...cleansing on the way down.
Reviewed by kg cummings 10/12/2009
Karen, marvelous word painting within this poem.
Reviewed by Shedding Light 10/11/2009
I really love the holiday spirit in this write!

Harold M. Nash
Reviewed by Mary Metcalf 10/11/2009
isnt it marvelous what we can do with our words? creating a gem for all to enjoy, for all to read and feel. your words have express such wonders of our written words, excellent poem
love and hugs
mary etta
Reviewed by Lori Moore 10/11/2009
This is beautiful.
Reviewed by neerja gandhi 10/11/2009
ahhh....felt the shower...brilliant and vivid...enjoyed it Karen. Best wishes.neerja
Reviewed by Sheila Roy 10/11/2009
You recreate the ominous feel of the moment. It feels adventurous, too. We lose power every year. Not looking forward to winter. Hugs,
Reviewed by John Flanagan 10/10/2009
Sensitive, observant writing with heart, details perfectly relevant...and the final two stanzas are elevating and highly spiritual.

Reviewed by Jerry Diamond 10/10/2009

You sure share my love of the marvels of mother nature.I love the astringent feeling of renewal after hail and rain.

Reviewed by Patrick Granfors 10/10/2009
What a colorful expression of nature's workings. We here in SoCal need a bath reeaaaly badly. Patrick
Reviewed by Elizabeth Price 10/9/2009
Great way to look at rain. Liz
Reviewed by Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado 10/9/2009
Wonderful write and piccy, Karen; well done! Superb imagery!

(((HUGS))) and much love to you and the gang~

As always, your friend in Burleson, Karen Lynn. :D
Reviewed by Ray { The Great Canadian Buzzard } 10/9/2009
Wonderful write, I enjoyed it as always
I'm glad we don't have those storms here in Canada
Snow and the odd ice storm I can handle
Have a great day
The Buzzard
Reviewed by Inspire Hope 10/9/2009
Karen I just love this poem, profoundly true, and writen with excellence! Thank you for sharing and caring!

Love And Prayers
Reviewed by Roger Ochs 10/9/2009
The percussive qualities of this poem perfectly suit the subject.
Reviewed by J'nia Fowler 10/9/2009
Well penned. Just love it. Hugs, J'nia
Reviewed by Christine Alwin 10/9/2009
...I love to watch a storm from the inside looking out and the calm after is of painted this scene as if we were right there.
Reviewed by Jerry Bolton (Reader) 10/9/2009
Snow? Huh? Beautiful poetry.
Reviewed by Paul Berube 10/9/2009
Beautifully written, Karen.
Reviewed by Mr. Ed 10/9/2009
Love your last stanza; we should all take time to do that.
Reviewed by Liana Margiva 10/9/2009
EXCELLENT!!!!!!!!!!! I LOVE IT!!!!!!!!!!!! Liana Margiva
Reviewed by Amber Moonstone 10/9/2009
Your poem is a cleansing, very lovely and the visuals you command are amazing.
Much peace, love, and light,
Amber "V"
Reviewed by George Carroll 10/9/2009
Great descriptive writing.
Reviewed by Georg Mateos 10/9/2009
Now, I wouldn't call hail the size of tennis balls anything but cleansing, more like ducking when someone shouts INCOMING!!!!!that's no storm, that's war declared by a very p****d off skies!


PS. and our Bob is a brave man taking those pictures for you when he should have sent you instead and stay cozy in the cellar!

Reviewed by OnepoetGem *the Poetic Rapper 10/9/2009
good one Karen, has a cleansing effect, thanks
Reviewed by - - - - - TRASK 10/8/2009
A Strange Silence Overcame The Landscape,i.e. All Humans Better Hope And Pray They Survive It...

Z Best One Yet....

Your Friend,TRASK...
Reviewed by Dawn Anderson 10/8/2009
Karen, this is so beautifully written...your last two stanzas are my favorite.
Reviewed by Cindy Tuttle 10/8/2009
Oh Karen, I really liked this!You painted such a beautiful picture, and your faith was wonderfuly written. This was awesome!!Thank you.

With Love,

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