First Storm and Thereafter

Kimberly Hancock

First Storm and Thereafter




BY SCOTT CAIRNS



What I notice first within

this rough scene fixed

in memory is the rare

quality of its lightning, as if

those bolts were clipped

from a comic book, pasted

on low cloud, or fashioned

with cardboard, daubed

with gilt then hung overhead

on wire and fine hooks.

What I hear most clearly

within that thunder now

is its grief—a moan, a long

lament echoing, an ache.

And the rain? Raucous enough,

pounding, but oddly

musical, and, well,

eager to entertain, solicitous.


No storm since has been framed

with such matter-of-fact

artifice, nor to such comic

effect. No, the thousand-plus

storms since then have turned

increasingly artless,

arbitrary, bearing—every

one of them—a numbing burst.


And today, from the west a gust

and a filling pressure

pulsing in the throat—offering

little or nothing to make light of.



Source: Poetry (April 2011).

Main Idea

In Scott Cairns , First Storm and Thereafter, the main idea is how he relates different types of emotions to this one particular memory of a storm that is stuck In his mind. The rain, lighting, and thunder are very important to him as he ties them to emotions that he has gone through. He relates the thunder has a grief moan, and the sound of the rain the rain is musical and entertaining to him. And because of this one storm meaning so much to him, no other storm has been stuck in his mind like this one was.

Why I chose this poem

I chose this poem because I think that almost everyone can relate to it, including myself. We sometimes tie our emotions to something that has happen to us or to something we've seen to a certain thing. In this case this person ties there memories and emotions to a storm. I also like that the poem does not just focus on one emotion like grief or happiness, but it talks about different emotions that we commonly go through in life. I also like how he describes the storm by using unusual comparison like how the lighting looks like it came from a comic book and so on.

Every Storm by Gary Allen


Oh so your standing in the middle of the thunder and lightning

I know you're feeling like you just can't win, but you're trying

It's hard to keep on keepin' on, when you're being pushed around

Don't even know which way is up, you just keep spinning down, 'round, down...


Every storm runs, runs out of rain

Just like every dark night turns into day

Every heartache will fade away

Just like every storm runs, runs out of rain


So hold your head up and tell yourself that there's something more

And walk out that door,

Go find a new rose, don't be afraid of the thorns

'Cause we all have thorns

Just put your feet up to the edge, put your face in the wind

And when you fall back down, keep on rememberin'


Every storm runs, runs out of rain

Just like every dark night turns into day

Every heartache will fade away

Just like every storm runs, runs out of rain


It's gonna run out of pain

It's gonna run out of sting

It's gonna leave you alone

It's gonna set you free

Set you free


Every storm runs, runs out of rain

Just like every dark night turns into day

Every heartache will fade away

Just like every storm runs, runs out of rain


It's gonna set you free,

It's gonna run out of pain,

And set you free

Gary Allan - Every Storm (Runs Out Of Rain)

Connection

The reason why I chose the song Every Storm to go along with First Storm and Thereafter is because like the poem, this song also talks about the different emotions and situations that we can go through and compares them to a storm. They are both similar since they both talk about a storm and there feelings towards it. I feel like the song goes along with the poem very well because they both have the same meaning behind them, that we often put our emotions into a vivid scene and that if you are going through hard times or happy times, everything will work out in the end.
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My poem

Tornado

By Kim Hancock



Its a rare sight to some, and the outcome of it can go either way.

Next time you see one of these, turn and run is what people say.
The tornado only paves one path, 'a path of destruction with no known course of direction.

But I don't want it turn and I don't want to go and run the other way.

I want to run into it, and meet it face to face on the path of destruction.

I know its not something most people would expect to hear from me, but just the thrill of running after a tornado excites me.


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