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Power Of Storm (re-post)
by Leland Waldrip
Thursday, June 26, 2003

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(This poem was prematurely removed from the Poetry list, so I am re-posting it.)

Imagine a dark blue sedan burrowing westward on an Interstate highway into a darkening landscape at seventy miles an hour. It meets a giant thunderstorm rolling eastward at thirty miles an hour. Vast wings of roll clouds stretch from north to south horizons. Its roar and crackle, at first faintly heard in the car, is low like Seline Dionís voice that trills and warbles from the CD player.

Punctuated crashes of lightning, thunder and wind blasts grow louder and compete at a high decibel level as Celine moves into gear and belts out her beautiful rendition of ďPower of Love.Ē Chills on my spine! I grip the wheel, lean forward and peer into the faintly illuminated blackness. I sing along, competing loudly with song and storm.

The song plays for five minutes and 43 seconds. We break through the storm and the song ends, leaving only reverberating echoes. Here are the echoes.



The Power of Storm


Whispers in the evening

Of your super cell might,

Are rolling like thunder now

As I look into your eyes.

Purple over green now,

Sparkling iridescence flies.


I lock on to your body

And feel each move you make.

Your voice is wild and strong,

Siren song I cannot forsake.


 ĎCause Iím your fluff now,  

And you are my Storm. 

Whenever you reach for me

Iíll do all that I can.

Iím ready to move

Forward, not back,

Fearful the next blast

Of your breath, my last!   


Lost is how Iím feeling,

Hammered by your squall.

The world outsideís

Too much to take,

Could end here with you!


Even though there were times

You seemed so far away,

I wonder why here I am

So small in your wide wings.



Iím heading for something,

Somewhere Iíve never been.

Sometimes I am frightened,

But Iím ready to learn

Of the power of Storm.


The sound of your heart beating

Made it clear suddenly

The feeling that I canít go on

Is light years away!


ĎCause Iím your fluff now, 

And you are my Storm. 

Whenever you reach for me

Iíll do all that I can.

Iím ready to move

Forward, not back,

Afraid the next blast

Of your breath, my last!   


Iím heading for something,

Somewhere Iíve never been.

Sometimes I am frightened,

But Iím ready to learn

Of the power of Storm.

The power of Storm,

The power of Storm!


(Power Of Storm is a fair use derivative of the copyrighted song,

Power of Love, and is only published non-commercially.

R. Leland Waldrip)


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Reviewed by nevine Al Seidi (Reader) 7/1/2003
That would make a hit song.. Did you have someone write music to it?
Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 6/27/2003

the power of storm is AMAZING i am in awe of the imagery of this

and how did you know "the power of love" is my favorite celine dion song????

*BRAVO* this is definately a keeper

(((HUGS))) and love,

karla. :) *humming*
Reviewed by Patricia Gomes 6/27/2003
Liked the poem, but LOVED the intro!

I've gotta go with Ted on this one, though: 5 minutes and 43 seconds of Celine is punishment enough. {wink}
Reviewed by La Belle Rouge (Reader) 6/27/2003
I Love this!
Reviewed by Bianca Boonstra 6/27/2003
This brought shivers all over me! Excellent:-)
Reviewed by Kay P Devenish 6/26/2003
Powerful poem!
Reviewed by Andy Turner (Reader) 6/26/2003
I prefer storms....
Reviewed by E T Waldron 6/26/2003
I don't love it any less than the first time around;-) Fantastic work!(Of course, I love Celene's voice;)
Reviewed by Elizabeth Taylor (Reader) 6/26/2003
Excellent work.
Reviewed by Ted Sheridan (Reader) 6/26/2003
Don't think I could stand Celine for that long, but the storm was good.
Reviewed by Dove (Reader) 6/26/2003
Beautiful imagery, Leland..

Reviewed by Steve Joos 6/26/2003
It's funny what kind of things one might find when one combiines music with personal experience. An interesting piece.
Reviewed by Amor Sabor 6/26/2003
A beautiful song and beautiful lyrics of love and passion. Excellent work, Leland.
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