The storms are pounding
Destruction is rampant
No end seems in sight.
The day is endless
The night never ending
Will it ever, ever be right?

Lightning crashes
Winds are swirling
Torrents of water fall down.
The earth is shaking
The shelter is breaking
Thunderous sound resound.

Above the storm
the Calm prevails
Overlooking the turmoil below.
Awaiting the return
of order again
That Peace and Calm bestow.

Then it is over…

No more pounding
Silence, beautiful silence
Comes whispering in the ears.
The Earth becomes firm
The Sun is still shining
It dries up all the tears.

Through the debris
New hopes arise
Covering the scars below.
Growing stronger, stronger
As strength rebounds
Renewed by the seeds we sow.

Repairing the damage
Replacing the lost
Moving forward with or without.
Finding Hope in the future
as Faith reaches upward
Redeeming Love without a doubt.

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When the storms of life
Cause turmoil and strife,
The Son dries all my tears.
When all seemed lost
I counted the cost
Turned over all my fears.

I am surviving.
I am stronger still.

(c) 11-19-2010 John Stevens
Completed 11-22-2010

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7 Comments to “Above The Storms”

  1. admin says:

    Thank you for your kind comment Kemi. I knew I liked you. Just did not know why. Now i do.

  2. Kemi O says:

    What an inspiration. Thanks John.

  3. admin says:

    Tracey Nov 22, 2010
    Even though I love all your work I have to say this is a favorite of mine.. Thank you :)
    X

    John Stevens Nov 22, 2010
    Thanks you so much Tracy. One of us is going through a bad time right now.
    X

    John Stevens Nov 24, 2010
    Just when I get “Tracey” locked into place, it changes. Oh my what will I do. ;-)))))
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    JT-TJ Nov 23, 2010
    John.. This is a remarkable poem. I hope that everything works out and He gets you through this storm and every storm…
    X

    John Stevens Nov 23, 2010
    He has never failed me yet and never will. This was finished for Jen. Bless her.
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    Jennifer Humphrey Nov 23, 2010
    Tears fill my eyes as I read this a few times. You have written something so incredible it has brought on unstoppable tears. Thank you John. This is probably one of the most understanding and empathetic poems I have read in a long time.

    The storms are pounding
    Destruction is rampant
    No end seems in sight.
    The day is endless
    The night never ending
    Will it ever, ever be right?”
    Fits me like a glove, The rest as well. I love the change over to the storm dying down, silence prevails. Something I wish for more than anything. I am not looking for pity in anyway shape or form. Yet you read my profile so got a glimpse and I appreciate the gift of understanding and support. Thank you and thank your wife. ((((Huggss))))) I will treasure this always.
    J

    Chris G J Smith Nov 23, 2010
    Jen you are, and always will be a very special friend.
    X

    John Stevens Nov 23, 2010
    Jen I wake up this morning to stormy weather in Idaho and read your touching words from this piece. There were big pieces missing when I picked it up and realized, “this if for Jen”. Hours later, after my wife’s input, it finally felt right.

    The peace will come, the storms will be gone,,, trust in Him Jen. It is an honor to write this for you.
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    Chris G J Smith Nov 23, 2010
    Jen is one of my oldest friends, from the poetry sites I have been a member on in the past. You sir are a brilliant and gifted man who is a true friend that walks amongst those he cares for.
    X

    John Stevens Nov 23, 2010
    My body hurts but my heart still reaches out to the hurting Chris. Thank you for YOUR encouragement when I started here. I am writing again
    Jennifer Humphrey Nov 28, 2010
    Chris,
    Thank You as well for remembering how long we have known one another. I have followed your work for a long time for sure. I remember meeting you through Mark’s site on Ning. I need to check in on him hmmm wonder how they are doing.

    again John,
    I can empathize with you on body hurting, I think if i could work and pass the hours doing my life’s love hospice, I would cope better. My body just decided at 34 it had been beat up enough now at 42 it is stable but alas still no work allowed. Whatever ails your body I hope you will be rewarded with upcoming days of comfort for all that you give to others. Again thank you seems so little in comparison to what this poem means to me. I hope others will take it to heart during their trials as well. Take Care
    always
    Jen
    X

    John Stevens Nov 29, 2010
    It is the usual stuff associated with closing in on 70. Visits from the Ritis boys, tendons squawking from over work (it will repair), diabetes causing some difficulty… but I am thankful that is all. I know a beautiful 16 years old with diabetes and my heart goes out to her. To have to live all her life with it… I have nothing to complain about. Cheers Jen
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    Neva Flores Nov 23, 2010
    So inspirational! Thank you for this John!
    X

    John Stevens Nov 23, 2010
    I finished this for Jen and then I see you in it also. You have been through the storms and reading your heart, you are mending.
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    raen Nov 23, 2010
    What a truly inspiring poem this is John! I loved the rhythm and flow, loved the message even more– wonderful!
    X

    John Stevens Nov 23, 2010
    I am happy you like it raen.
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    Louis Brown Nov 23, 2010
    Very powerful poem. Full of hope and caring for others. That’s about the best attitude to live with
    that I can imagine
    X

    John Stevens Nov 23, 2010
    So you noticed my three favorite words me thinks. As I have heard it said somewhere… without love you are like a tinkling cymbal. Besides, with love, life is so much easier.

    Sure pleased you enjoyed it Louis. Sometime I need to talk to you about song writing. On my blog: idahostevens.com I have a number of pieces I have put to music but not recorded.
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    Mari Nov 23, 2010
    A very finely constructed write, John, with a powerful delivery. A poem which offers much Hope – the storms of life blow every once in a while, after which a beautiful calm period follows. Your beautiful Spirit and heart are always reaching out to help others, you are a VERY special person and a wonderful writer too!
    A privilege to read, John – Tfs……….
    X

    John Stevens Nov 23, 2010
    I hope so. I write with pen and paper, It is a mess with all the scratch outs, rewrites,etc. Rather like life… if you don’t get it right the first time, keep trying. (there is a poem in there me thinks) Why don’t you write it.
    I appreciate your comments Mari, My Irish Rose. (hope John does not object to my name for you.) ;-))
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    Yelena M Dec 4, 2010
    John, this is a very powerful poem. Great description of storm and the emotion it gives birth to. Thanks for sharing. :)
    X

    John Stevens Dec 4, 2010
    Thanks Yelena for reading.
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    Crystal Heart Jan 25
    Simply Beautiful John…it touched my heart also.. Jen is very lucky to have you in her life… x
    X

    John Stevens Jan 25
    Thank you very much Crystal.

  4. admin says:

    Dee, Thank you for a very touching response. When it was being written, I was feeling something very deep inside. When all seems lost there still is hope to hold on to. Our “fingers” may get weary and we may want to let go but it is worth the wait.

    You will never know the extent YOUR encouragement to ME has affected my writing. It is great to know somehow I can repay you with Hope and Love. Next comes Faith, so hang in there Dee, “Joy Comes in the Morning”.

  5. Dee says:

    John, somehow you manage to create a massive undertow of power that seeps out from the words in your poetic works and covers us with their emotional magnificence.
    This poem is one such an example of this “undertow.”
    The driving force of your faith and loving heart renders a gentle strength in your words that makes us all feel the essence and joy of the Hope you want us to experience.
    Thank you for sharing your gifts so freely with us and thank you for making me feel Hope and Love during a time when I thought these things no longer existed in my life.
    You have touched me deeply and I am eternally grateful…

  6. admin says:

    Comments from Hello Poetry

    Louis Brown
    Very powerful poem. Full of hope and caring for others. That’s about the best attitude to live with
    that I can imagine

    John Stevens —— So you noticed my three favorite words me thinks. As I have heard it said somewhere… without love you are like a tinkling cymbal. Besides, with love, life is so much easier.

    Sure pleased you enjoyed it Louis. Sometime I need to talk to you about song writing. On my blog: idahostevens.com I have a number of pieces I have put to music but not recorded.
    ===========================================
    Mari
    A very finely constructed write, John, with a powerful delivery. A poem which offers much Hope – the storms of life blow every once in a while, after which a beautiful calm period follows. Your beautiful Spirit and heart are always reaching out to help others, you are a VERY special person and a wonderful writer too!
    A privilege to read, John – Tfs……….

    John Stevens —– I hope so. I write with pen and paper, It is a mess with all the scratch outs, rewrites,etc. Rather like life… if you don’t get it right the first time, keep trying. (there is a poem in there me thinks) Why don’t you write it.

    I appreciate your comments Mari, My Irish Rose. (hope John does not object to my name for you.) ;-))

  7. admin says:

    Comments from Hello Poetry

    Tracey
    Even though I love all your work I have to say this is a favorite of mine.. Thank you :)

    John Stevens —– Thanks you so much Tracy. One of us is going through a bad time right now.
    ———————————————

    JT-TJ
    John.. This is a remarkable poem. I hope that everything works out and He gets you through this storm and every storm…

    John Stevens —– He has never failed me yet and never will. This was finished for Jen. Bless her.

    ———————————————
    Jennifer Humphrey
    Tears fill my eyes as I read this a few times. You have written something so incredible it has brought on unstoppable tears. Thank you John. This is probably one of the most understanding and empathetic poems I have read in a long time.

    The storms are pounding
    Destruction is rampant
    No end seems in sight.
    The day is endless
    The night never ending
    Will it ever, ever be right?”
    Fits me like a glove, The rest as well. I love the change over to the storm dying down, silence prevails. Something I wish for more than anything. I am not looking for pity in anyway shape or form. Yet you read my profile so got a glimpse and I appreciate the gift of understanding and support. Thank you and thank your wife. ((((Huggss))))) I will treasure this always.
    J

    Chris G J Smith —– Jen you are, and always will be a very special friend.

    John Stevens —— Jen I wake up this morning to stormy weather in Idaho and read your touching words from this piece. There were big pieces missing when I picked it up and realized, “this if for Jen”. Hours later, after my wife’s input, it finally felt right.

    The peace will come, the storms will be gone,,, trust in Him Jen. It is an honor to write this for you.

    —————————————————-
    Chris G J Smith
    Jen is one of my oldest friends, from the poetry sites I have been a member on in the past. You sir are a brilliant and gifted man who is a true friend that walks amongst those he cares for.

    John Stevens —– My body hurts but my heart still reaches out to the hurting Chris. Thank you for YOUR encouragement when I started here. I am writing again

    —————————————————
    Neva Flores
    So inspirational! Thank you for this John!

    John Stevens —– I finished this for Jen and then I see you in it also. You have been through the storms and reading your heart, you are mending.

    —————————————————-
    raen
    What a truly inspiring poem this is John! I loved the rhythm and flow, loved the message even more– wonderful!

    John Stevens —– I am happy you like it raen.

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