Wednesday, June 11, 2008


So much thunder and lightning. And such wind.

What is the ambient sound of the countryside the morning after a thunderstorm - packed with stiff winds, blazing lightning and crashing thunder - has come through?


It is the roar of chain saws in backyards and along roadways. It is the rough yank on the starter cord and the blasting into action. It is the rasping sound of the serrated blade ripping through all that fallen xylem and phloem. It is the crash of the limbs of flowering catalpas, gnarly locusts and stately white pines as they are severed from the trunk that fell upon the driveway, or the porch, or your car.

We may have chain saws, but the planet still generates startling and powerful winds, and lightning that sunders the sky, again and again.

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