God Bless the Whale that Coughed Old Jonah Up

When it was safe to write about the weather,
clouds were cumulus; the kind children see
as lambs and friendly dragons or trees
successful in their leafy reach for heaven.

Of the era between garden and flood,
much has been written.  I curse the asp
and praise the whale that coughed old Jonah up;
as for the raven

I’ve forgiven. He did what ravens do. Smart bird
circled the Ark and returned, to partake
of the table’s feast rather than carrion.
Can’t say I  blame him.

With need to know if waters had abated
a dove was sent.  Doves don’t just fly for anywhere,
they head for home. unless home is
unsuitable for habitat;

It wasn’t long before the dove  came back.
Flood waters don’t recede so easily.
The dove rose up again, circled and returned
with an olive branch clutched tight’,

showing Noah the land still wore its shame.
Tired and homeless the dove wove the branch
into a nest, then, tranquil, rested.  It lingered there alone
apart from the paired population.

Would be nice to say that is the happy ending,
but you just can’t trust the weather anymore.
Floods and famine; civilization has reached
the point of  saturation.

What hasn’t drowned is burning, the clouds
once pure with purpose clear now cede
to subdivisions, shades of former selves
with missions. (beware the cirrostratus)

With all the doppler, all the ‘acu weather’,
the storm still finds us unaware.  It will take more
than an olive branch to set it right
but an olive branch is a good place to begin.

 
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An Omen of Survival

A hard rain and a howling wind;
No more quibble
about taking the trash out.

The manicured lawn is a memory, no more
argument about the mowing.  Suddenly
we are holy, cleansed by the storm.

On this night of clearing, the inevitable loss
is an ache.  Dust in the wake of flood
makes a sliver of moon a miracle.

The Poetry of Gene Dixon featured at Wordflair Community of Poets and Writers

We are pleased to announce that Wordflair Community of Poets and Writers
is currently featuring the work of Gene Dixon.

Gene is well known in the Internet community of poets and has been widely
published in print and online. He recently participated in a workshop with
Billy Collins,  U.S. Poet Laureate, 2001-2003. It is not easy(nor necessary)
to label such a diverse and talented person, but Gene Dixon’s life’s work has
labeled him an advocate for peace and poetry.

His pages are located at
http://www.wordflair.net/GeneDixonfeaturedpoet.html