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Final Act
by Annabel Sheila
Monday, January 16, 2012
Rated "G" by the Author.
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During a very unusual winter storm on Friday, a quaint little church in the Fundy Park area of New Brunswick was lost forever. There was only one bolt of lightening that night...how very strange it hit that little church! Nature's power is awe inspiring!

 

The bizarre January storm took centre stage…
Torrential rain, temperate howling wind
Intermingled with razor sharp ice pellets!
Nature putting on a feral show!
 
And in the midst of the performance
A sudden flash; a deafening boom!
Lightening ripped the black sky in two,
Its flaming lethal tentacles seeking a target!
 
Beside the bay, deep in the shadows
Of stately trees, righteous sentinels
That shielded her peaceful slumber…
The little church shivered in the ferocious storm!
 
For more than a century she stood…
Bearing the steady assault of wind and weather
Off the icy waters of the Bay of Fundy!
But this night, she had the lead role in a treacherous play!
 
When the lightening pierced her heart…
She became the victim in the final act!
And the wind whipped the flames into a pyre
That reached into the heavens!
 
In fury, the fierce gale danced with her!
Savage flames licking at her timbers!
And the raindrops were her tears
As she slumped to the earth!
 
 
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Reviewed by Diana Legun (Reader) 4/5/2012
It is as though you have your cheek on the forehead of life, Annabel. A mother who feels for the fever and FEELS the fever. I see your writing as Rx for the world. Thank you :) ~~ Diana
Reviewed by Andy Turner 1/20/2012
Even at this wee church I was hit, I get zapped every time!

Great poem describing such an event. I guess it can't have been a Catholic church, but one of the fragmented churches. :)

I love these kind of writes as it gives insight to another part of the world with such powerful inspiration and imagery.
Reviewed by Patrick Granfors 1/18/2012
Very sad, perhaps its a challenge to the community. Masterful description. Patrick
Reviewed by Laura Fall 1/18/2012
Oh my how sad and amazingly written indeed laura
Reviewed by Christine Alwin 1/17/2012
....truly fantastic poetry..I felt the pain of that little church..oh. but what a life it shed on so many that will live on forever~
Reviewed by Ronald Hull 1/17/2012
I have a vision of townspeople in a long bucket brigade to the sea (I've seen too many movies). But in reality, in a winter storm, I doubt if anyone could do anything about the tragedy of the fire in those winds.

My heart goes out to your community for their loss.

Ron
Reviewed by jude forese 1/17/2012
powerfully descriptive and masterfully crafted ...

is that a halo over your head? ;)
Reviewed by Richard King 1/17/2012
We receive the gift of this masterful poem only as the result of Mother Nature's massive destructive powers… probably not a fair trade, but admirable compensation none-the-less.

Thanks Anna. Dick
Reviewed by Christine Tsen 1/17/2012
This is phenomenal expressive writing, Anna, and you paint this like a living canvas!
Blessings,
Christine

Reviewed by Mr. Ed 1/17/2012
So very sad, Annabel.
Reviewed by Joy Hale 1/16/2012
As usual, I love this poem! There must have been a reason for the demise of this old church or perhaps Mother Nature acted out her anger with fireworks in the sky. Either way, your poem is just another example of your gift with words and emotions. Fantastic!

Joy L. Hale
Reviewed by Mary Ann Biddinger 1/16/2012
A quaint little church that worshipers revered
for blessings of the Lord. Wonderfully visual
in it's sad loss you have told it's story so grand.
Blessings ~ Lady Mary Ann
Reviewed by Jerry Bolton 1/16/2012
THIS is wonderful poetry, Anna, it is too bad the tragedy inspired it.
Reviewed by Lonnie Hicks 1/16/2012
This is tremendous writing. Awesome. The church comes alive, like a person in this tale. Annabel, one of your best. Memorable writing.
Reviewed by D Johnson 1/16/2012
Wow! You have painted a vivid picture of the destruction that one bolt of lightning can bring.

Cheers,
Dan
Reviewed by JMS Bell 1/16/2012
THE IMAGERY IN THIS OFFERING IS EXCELLENT! WE WILL NEVER UNDERSTAND SOME THINGS THAT GOD ALLOWS. WE CAN ONLY KEEP AND APPRECIATE THE THINGS THAT HE HAS GIVEN US WHILE THEY LAST...THUS, FOR 'ALL' THINGS, THERE IS A...FINAL ACT. THANK YOU FOR SHARING YOUR ARTISTRY...THOUGH DESCRIBING SOMETHING SAD...YOU'VE DONE IT SO BEAUTIFULLY. LOVE, BLESSINGS AND FAITH...JOYCE * HIS INSPIRATIONS
Reviewed by Mark Lichterman 1/16/2012
What a weird circumstance. A church that had been standing for over one hundred years destroyed by one blot of lightening. Does cause one (at least this one) to wonder of the reasoning or even existence of God.
Very good though wondrous poem, my far northern and probably becoming cold friend.
Your southern, 65 degree day, friend
Mark



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