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Calm Before The Storm
by Regis Auffray
Saturday, December 29, 2007
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I had a dream about this. I have no idea what it means. I have translated it from the French.

Calm Before The Storm
Have washed the trees
They are clean
Bare and beautiful
The storm is over
The moon rises
In the silver sky
She shines her sinister smile
At the trees
Bare and beautiful
Like soldiers before the battle
Distant noises
Soldiers are coming
In this calm before the storm
I close my eyes
I sleep and I dream
Of you

© Copyright 2007 Regis Auffray

Le calme avant l’orage
La pluie
La neige
Ont lavé les arbres
Ils sont propres
Dénudés et beaux
La tempête est finie
La lune se lève
Dans le ciel argenté
Son sourire sinistre sourit
Aux arbres propres
Dénudés et beaux
Comme des soldats avant le combat
Des bruits lointains
Les soldats approchent
Dans ce calme avant l’orage
Je ferme les yeux
Je dors et je rêve
De toi
© Régis Auffray 2007     Tous droits réservés

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Reviewed by lois christensen
you are lost in a love world, and a wonderful world of dreams. also.
Reviewed by Lena Kovadlo
The poem you have written is certainly refreshing and something different. It is emotional and speaks volumes to the heart and soul. You paint beautiful scenery with your words and I am touched by them. Thank you for sharing. It brought a smile to my face.
Reviewed by Inspire Hope
I really appreciate this poem Regis, so beautifully written and refreshing! The French VOW!! You are blessed with such a wonderful gift!May the Lord continually bless you and your family and thanks!

Much Love,
Reviewed by Nicole Weaver
This one makes me want to go back and read from my French collection. I forgot the author but it goes like this: Il pleure dans mon couer comme il pleut sur la ville, quelle est cette longuer qui penetre mon couer.
Reviewed by Carolyn Red Bear (The Bear Paw)
Hi Regis, I guess the dream always comes before the reality?! You write with such depth and meaning.. such perception you have, even from dreams. It's in dreams that I get answers to this life, but they come to me something like parables... awesome, my friend... you always have the right words...

In Spirit,
Reviewed by Michelle Mead
very otherworldly, thanks for letting us into your dream world
Reviewed by Mary Lacey, Desertrat
So beautiful, and refreshing. The French language is such a beautiful one. Loved the picture. God Bless

Much Love,
Reviewed by c lea harris
absolutely beautiful, why is it it gets so cloudy and spooky before a storm, but when it's over, the air is so clean and fresh smelling, you want it to last forever. Here is Michigan, right before a storm whether it be rain or snow, it get's so spooky but when it's over, taking a walk, seems the right thing to do.
Reviewed by Diana Wiles
This is written in the equivalent of a minor key..hauntingly beautiful.. Diana.
Reviewed by Liana Margiva
...'Have washed the trees'....'In this calm before the storm I close my eyes I sleep and I dream of you' BEAUTIFUL, ROMANTIC WORDS!!!!!!!!! I love them!!!! Liana Margiva
Reviewed by Safi
What a contrast! Yet flows like water, smooth. Good work! Safi
Reviewed by Jerry Engler
Very beautiful and reminiscent of freezing nights in the woods under the moon, Regis. It's the perfect place for the coming storms both of nature and of relationships as you have painted so hauntingly well...Jerry
Reviewed by Kay P Devenish wonderful you did it in French too...great work Regis!!!!
Reviewed by MaryGrace Patterson
Great images in the poem. The future remains uncertain........M
Reviewed by Georg Mateos
After reading the poem, in both languages and the reviews, one feels kind of lost for words.
But,"son sourire sinistre sourit" gave me connotation of other things, took me on a trip to another forest, to other trembling skies, in a world of screams with fear, to a universe where man was beating the calm with a club made of storms.
You started me going...
Reviewed by La Belle Rouge Poetess Of The Heart
Regis the images are alive and crisp. Beautiful poem
Reviewed by Rose Rideout
Another beautiful write you share with us Regis, but we have come to expect the best from you, Thank you for sharing.

Newfie Hugs, Rose
Reviewed by Mary Coe
Fantastic! A beautiful write! Really enjoyed this. You are gifted.
Reviewed by Victoria's Poetry & Voices of Muse
we all have known the calm before the storm
Love & Hugs To You Regis
Reviewed by Andrew Grover
Smooth and well crafted write. The different emotions within the lines spoke of the vastness of the writer's imagination and feelings. Thanks for sharing this gift, Regis. enjoyed.

Reviewed by M. Rafferty
Very interesting and somewhat 'ominous'. My heart went thud...thud...thud... when I finished reading.
Reviewed by Bill Grimes Jr.
Beautiful Reg.......So vivid and graceful......

Peace my friend,

Bill :-)
Reviewed by Sanja Dayslink
Quels absolument beaux écrivent. Couler de vos mots et les pensées sont superbes. Tout d'abord apprécié. Kudos !

Reviewed by Theresa Koch
Loved this beautiful write and art. Wonderful!
Reviewed by Poetess of The Soul Sheila G
WOW! Reg, I had to go through the list of names HERE and to see if I left a review, this amazing poem sounded alittle familiar!
but, NOPE I didn't!
I want to tho' Smiling, I love your heart and the flowwww was so easy on the mind!
Darn, wish I could help ya' decypher this sweet and longing poem! It sounds like changes coming, where you are the soldier entering forward! Good luck Sweetie!, sorry it's been awhile Reg. for me to get my Azz over here! I love your writing style! HOpe your NEW YEAR is going amazingly awesome!
Warmed in the Spirit, Warrior Purple Lady Sweet Sheooxoo

STay Positive!
I wish I could read the FRENCH - I am part French and English! Thomas - English (Maiden name the company that built my School bus, funny huh, I've been with that same company for almost 11 yrs. now) and French, cuz, my Grandma is Desrosiers... Ahhhh... I miss her, I will be back Sweet Reg!
enJOY! Your NEW YEAR 2008! in amazing inspiration with every corner you turn!
Write On!
Reviewed by Myrna Badgerow
I always scroll to the French and smile... Just beautiful as always...))
Reviewed by Debby & Gordon Rosenberg

Sounds like you are preparing to defend your values (seeing the solidier in the dream)
Reviewed by Elizabeth Price
I love your imagery. I love your metaphor. Your poem moved me. Thank you for sharing. Liz
Reviewed by William Bonilla
It always a pleasure to read your oudtanding work Regis
Looking forward to continue reading more of you in the coming
New Years
Happy New Year To you & Family
Peace be withyou

Reviewed by Michael Guy
That French is loveerly as anessa says (I still remember a few words from H.S.) A wonderful poem and picture (did you take it?) I know you get storms where you live but do you get much snow? Happy New Year!
Reviewed by Kimmy Van Kooten
Oh how I miss a Winter sky...Your pen brought the images right here...And, it's suppose to hit 21 degrees tonight! BRRRRRRRR! This is not Florida weather and I already have a fever!
The French is impressive, dear sir!

Happy New Year, Reg!
Reviewed by Phyllis Jean Green
How is it you manage to keep topping yourself, Sir? Here, the spareness and contrasts -- the moon's "sinister" smile, the soldiers' appearance so soon after serenity bathes -- lend brilliance and poignancy. Encore! ENCORE!! <3 'Pea' <3 ~ PS: Thank you for helping to make the first day of the new year so memorable. Happy Every Day, Every Year!!!
Reviewed by Chanti Niven
Beautiful in both English and French. It's nice to read you again Regis. I'm only sorry it's taken so long for me to visit your den. It has been entirely circumstantial. I hope to read more of your work now.

PS: Happy New Year
Reviewed by Sara Coslett
What woman could ask for anything more than to have her man dream of her? This is breathtakingly beautiful.

Have a very happy New Year, Regis.

Reviewed by Amber Moonstone
This was absolutely beautifully written, Reg, I love your poetry, Much Happiness and love and peace and light to you in this upcoming year.
Amber "V"
Reviewed by Debra Baker
When I read your works I feel the depth of compassion and the heart within your soul. Beautiful this calm before the storm.
Reviewed by Karen Cino
I always love your dreams. They always give me hope of the good that is to come. You always give us imagery that is phenominal.

I wish you the a Happy New Year, full of love and happiness.

~hugs and kisses~
Reviewed by Kate Burnside
Oh yes... the anticipation, perhaps, of an awaited emotional climax that clarifies and transmits. All is gleaned in that sudden moment of the revelation of a lightning strike. I like this a lot. It's so clear and visual. I have no idea why, but it reminds me a little of a lyric by James Taylor - has the same sparse and yet specific story-telling qualities. Bless you, Regis. I wish you all good things in the year ahead and much joy and fulfillment in the days to come. With love for a Happy New Year, Kate xx
Reviewed by D Johnson
Reg, a beautiful re-do of your dream...nice work. I like the added touch of the French version as well, even though I don't speak or read the language.

Reviewed by Mr. Ed
Wishing you only Calm in the New Year, my friend.
Reviewed by Dawn Anderson
A beautiful write accompanied by a beautiful photo.
Reviewed by Pierre Ortega
We dream as if dreams can end all the wrong, and it's wonderful to think that they might. Excellent write.

take care, Pierre
Reviewed by Karen Palumbo
Always so very soothing and reaches all the senses with perfection. God bless and may you and your family enjoy the new year...

Be safe,
Reviewed by Emile Tubiana
Regis, Votre rêve est bien clair. Une grande turbulence dans votre rêve qui venait de passer, attendez de voir le calme, la paix et le bonheur,
Amicalement votre Emile

Your dream is very clear. There was a big turbulence in your dream, which just passed. You should expect to see the calm, peace and happiness.

Les feuilles mortes se ramassent à la pelle, les souvenirs et les regrets aussi.
Happy new Year Emile
Reviewed by Sheila Roy

I love the perspective of the posted photo. It offers a view which is every bit as unique as the wording in your poem. Your words fill me with both peace and anxiety. Beautiful to enjoy, plus there's a feel of waiting for that 'shoe to drop'. Excellent write! Hugs:)

Reviewed by George Carroll
Splendid imagery in this clever poem.
Reviewed by LadyJtalks LadyJzTalkZone (Reader)
Storms aren't always harmful and soldiers do come home. Good write and interesting dream. Lady J
Reviewed by Barbara Smith
Regis, sounds like there is peace in your heart and mind...there's a time to clear the mind and ready you for a possible storm in life. Your writings are wonderful!!!
Reviewed by Tinka Boukes
Great offering Regis!!

Love TinkaSweets
Reviewed by Denise Edwards
A lovely, Regis! Thanks for sharing
Reviewed by Carole Mathys
A beautiful piece, I get the feeling the trees are holding their breath...just waiting to exhale

Reviewed by L-M Owens
wow! I am happy to know that I am not the only one who finds beauty in the dark and grey nakedness of winter trees. :)
Reviewed by Rafika Anderson (Reader)
Somehow more urgent, engaging and incredibly moving in French, Regis, I loved your deeply revealing and prophetic writing in English as well, so thank you for the expert translation.

The entire poem gives me the sensation of wish fulfillment versus fear. The trees are significant as they are "clean, bare and beautiful," images that hint of innocence and strength combined in their essence. Although the next stanza states that the storm is over, which has cleansed the field, your title as well as the remainder of the poem hint of a new storm pending, filling the reader with dread and the poem with an underlying tension that refuses to dissipate even until the end. Then, the moon, which most writers perceive as neutral or fair, takes on a "sinister" role in your poem, continuing the theme of danger to come as she rises. This image gives the reader the sense that the new evil that she portends will touch us all. Next, as the prophet you are, you interpret these signs as "war is coming," a prognostication I believe we all should heed. Knowing the future that awaits, and in contrast to the tension this work is fraught with throughout, you conclude with a nostalgic return to an innocent and emotionally satisfying state of comfort and protection, leaving the vision of the more universal perilous future for the personal wish fulfillment and satisfaction of the dream. Great effort. I enjoyed every intensely vivid line.
Reviewed by Ed Matlack
You always write with a natural flair & I love reading all you write, Happy 08'...Ed, Rene & Rufuz (w00f)
Reviewed by Tom Kitt
Interesting. Tom
Reviewed by Christine Alwin
living "the moment" of silence and peace, the calm,,,,
wonderful write Reg,,,
Reviewed by Sheri Uy
Dreams can have deep meanings and sometimes just a remnant of the day's events that the subconscious mind stores. As I read the lines again and again, I can feel the dreamer's yearning to be in his own 'comfort zone', where he feels happy and safe and dream away unwanted factors that life might bring to his door. You really got my contemplative side on this one, Reg. Very interesting indeed.

Be well,

Reviewed by jude forese
the calm before the storm is always mysterious and intriguing ... thanx for sharing these inspired thoughts ...
Reviewed by Staci Gansky-Wagner
I feel emotion in this poem. There are many hidden meanings in dreams and many images in dreams are symbolic. Love the photo.
Reviewed by Axilea MU
Où pense-tu qu'il se cachent tous ces beaux jeunes hommes dénudés? Je ne les ai pas rencntrés. ;-)

C'est drôle, j'entends plu souvent l'usage de "rêver de" plutôt que "à".
Mais j'aime découvrir des français subtilement différents, cela enrichit notre regard et notre bagage.

Jolie description. Le calme avent l'horage nous touche toujors, c'est un contexte qui nous parle entre le besoin de se ressourcer et l'angoisse du lendemain...

Reviewed by Michelle Mills
The King of so vividly describe the changing scenes of nature. Amazing write Reg...Love, Michelle
Reviewed by Walt Hardester
What a great shot. Momma Nature Mooning us all.
Happy and Healthy New Year to you and your Loved ones, Regis,

Reviewed by Morning Star
Fascinating and so mysterious
It's so Unbelievable how a dream
can turns into a message once you
discover the meaning of that dream!
Fascinating and very intriguing!
Wishing you and your family an abundance of blessings
Peace Love and Joy....for The New Year ....Morning Star

Reviewed by John Leko
...your dream takes us on a journey...protected...feeling safe with thoughts of one.
interesting write Regis...
Thank You...
Reviewed by Karen Vanderlaan
well written and thought provoking
Reviewed by Jean Pike
Beautiful and troubling. Very lovely verse. I like the picture, too.
Reviewed by - - - - - TRASK
I Love Photo,i.e. Appears (God) Just About Ready Drop Big Ball On Humanity...

Neat -Warning- Huh!

Reviewed by Joyce Bowling
A mysterious write and dream I might add. I believe that hidden message within our dreams...although we may not discover their meaning right away in time it will become crystal clear. I once had a dream that took months to discover the meaning. I posted a poem about it last year and reposted it this year around 9-11....let us know when and if the answer is revealed to you...great write indeed!
Joyce B.
Reviewed by Felix Perry
Strong and intense and flowing from the heart to the person that destiny calls...

Reviewed by Susan Sonnen
I enjoyed this, Regis. There is something quite magical, even eerie, about the calm before a storm.

Reviewed by Sandra Corona
Enraptured of the moon ... ah, the tides of change wash upon the land, clean the gaps, heal the rape of human hands. What wonderous, lingering thoughts you provoke with well-paced, precisely chosen words.

Love always,
Reviewed by Sherry Heim
This is beautiful, Regis, even translated into English. The picture looks like a place in Northern California called "Cathedral." There is a narrow gauge train that goes through the redwoods there and you can stop at this place and have a picnic or take a Kodak moment and catch the next train going in either direction. This place got its name because when the sun shines at the right angle through the grove of trees, it makes stained glass patterns on the earth. I suspect that your dream depicts a quenching of the area through rain and snow, followed by renewal in Spring. The redwood is ever staunch but should she fall, new life will sprout forth from the length of her trunk; she is fertile even in death.
Take care,
Reviewed by Ann Marquette
Amazing what dreams can bring to us. If you ever figure out what it means you will have to let us know :-)
I have had dreams which years later I knew what they meant.
Reviewed by E T Waldron
Beautifully translated,a poem with a hint of mystery which most dreams seem to engender.

Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner

Karen, upon seeing this title, wondered if it was about me. The StormSpinner. LOL (She forgot to mention that in her review.)

I can see why you consistantly get reviews: you are good. Danged good. So much said in few words: perfect. Amid the chaos of wars and rumors of wars, it is nice to dream of peace as a loved one. :) Well done.

(((HUGS))) and love, Karla.

Bon Annee'! May 2008 bring you love, joy, peace, and happiness. You deserve it.
Reviewed by Tavia McDowell
It's hard to siffer dreams sometimes.
I believe dreams are the window to a person's soul.
I hope the meaning will come to you one day.
I like the way you wrote it in French, it looks even more beautiful.
God Bless.

Reviewed by Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado

How do you do it?? You consistently get many reviews; I'm only adding to them. But GOD, how I love your writing abilities! Maybe that's why because you ARE good!!s Yes. Very much so! As always, well penned and imaged; a perfect package! BRAVO, c'est magifique!

(((HUGS))) et amour, ton ami, Karen Lynn in Texas. :D

Bonne Annee'! :)
Reviewed by Evelyn Simon
I haven't got a clue as to what you wrote here,
that's what makes it interesting to investigate.
I have a feeling maybe the troops will return from their duty overseas, or, something in terms of another attack on the U.S. while we are in the middle of receiving our new president. I hope this isn't the case, but, anything can happen at this point.
Reviewed by Susan de Vegter
Dreams are insite sometimes I believe. With soldiers everywhere in this world it's hard not to dream othem.
Love and happy new year!
Reviewed by Ron (sketchman) Axelson
Igotta say, keep up the dreaaming
which made this wonderful write..
Have a Prosperous & Healthy 2008
Reviewed by Paul Berube

Somehow the French translation adds to the beauty of your poem.
Bonne Année Mon Ami.
Reviewed by J. Pajot
Interesting write, Reg. Not sure what it means, either, but I have been feeling like something...don't know what...but something world altering is on the verge of happening in the next year or so...maybe it's just midlife crisis? This was a good write, very descriptive, taking the reader into the mood.Liked it a lot.
Take care and be well,
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