Monday is shaping up to be a stormy day.  The weather people are viewing it as a January storm in May.  With leaves on the trees some of them may feel more of a force than if they were bare in January.  Put away the garden furniture and batten down the hatches.

I can tell by the way the trees beat, after
so many dull days, on my worried windowpanes
that a storm is coming,
and I hear the far-off fields say things
I can’t bear without a friend,
I can’t love without a sister.

The storm, the shifter of shapes, drives on
across the woods and across time,
and the world looks as if it had no age:
the landscape like a line in the psalm book,
is seriousness and weight and eternity.

What we choose to fight is so tiny!
What fights with us is so great!
If only we would let ourselves be dominated
as things do by some immense storm,
we would become strong too, and not need names.

Part of ‘the man watching’ by Rainer Maria Rilke

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