Humming Through A Storm

Lashing water thrashes in whirls

pouring masses of rain flood the

land in front of the house in only

five minutes drowning vision and

senses with sound and light when

suddenly a miniature, dark

silhouetted body speeds out of the

swirling blinding rain on lightning

fast wings weakening, but arriving at my

hanging feeder, drenched, clinging

on the foot rest for ten, fifteen

minutes and I wait with him until the

worst of the wind passes and he spirits

home to tell his story to the family

One Evening, Traveling West to Meade

Drove home from a long day with a loved one in the hospital

Punched through a thunder storm’s heavy rain into sunlight

and a minute later, checked traffic in the rearview mirror

Surprised by a brilliant, wide, rainbow leg beaming at me

Excited, glanced into the side mirror and saw the leg sloping left

Breathlessly and briefly, peeked over my shoulder

Sure enough, it solidly stood, blazing against the dark storm backdrop

a huge, thick, perfect, beautiful, richly-colored rainbow

Stole five minutes of peekings

until it faded into the clouds, leaving its arch

in my smile and its glow in my eyes

A peace-promise from God in the middle of chaos

August 27, 2014, Wednesday