When one comes close to the mysterious workings of the natural world I think the experience becomes primal. At least, that’s how it felt for me as I awaited Hurricane Lane to reach our archipelago – the Hawaiian Islands. Besides making disaster preparations, like having enough bottled water, canned goods, candles, matches, all the items one needs if stranded or without electricity, there was another kind of preparation taking place. Nature, in all her resplendent components, seemed to be getting ready for the event, and the energy of this was palpable to me. I was drawn to it. I wanted to be in it, to feel it.

I went for a walk near the ocean two days before the hurricane was scheduled to make landfall on Oahu where I live. I couldn’t help myself. I had to go. It was as if I had something to learn out there and, from that experience, a poem formed itself in me. I’d like to share it with you ~



Hurricane Walk

Apocalyptic silence 

Swaths the deserted beach

Only a few are drawn here

Some in naive curiosity,

The rest of us understand

Nature is preparing.


We are drawn to Her power

Surfers to the evolution

Of building waves 

Runners and walkers, like me, 

To the stout strength

Of earth beneath our feet –  


A prodding desire to have 

Our fragile beings imbued

With but a drop

Of Her magnificent energy,

To touch the calm chaos

Before the storm.


When has Nature moved you? Inspired you? Provoked you? Sometimes it takes a dramatic event to awaken us to our connection to the natural world of which we are an integral part. It may not be a poem as was provoked in me but possibly an insight about yourself, your courage, your fears, or maybe a kick in the pants to help you get moving in life.

The point is this: Nature’s immense energy and wisdom are available to us if we choose to take notice and learn. It is always my intention to have awareness and be grateful for her beauty every day. But, frankly, I much prefer the ease of choosing to notice, to be present to her wonders without a hurricane prodding me to wake up to something. What about you?

May you take notice of, appreciate and learn from Nature’s marvels in safety and calm, my friends.

Blessings,  Plynn