|(click to enlarge images - all pictures taken at 'Roche' region)|
Sunday, 29 January 2012
The Calm Before the Storm
“These are the seasons of emotion
And like the winds they rise and fall.
This is the wonder of devotion
I seek the torch we all must hold.
This is the mystery of the quotient
Upon us all
Upon us all, a little rain must fall.”
- Led Zeppelin, 1973
Sometimes you can feel the on-coming storm in the pit of your stomach.
The atmosphere changes; it gets heavier.
You sense it coming over the horizon.
You are not frightened of it as such.
No. You have experienced many such storms before.
But there is no denying the feeling of trepidation; the instinctual sensitivity of nervous excitement.
The local weather station informs that this storm is not powerful enough to cause any lasting damage. It will blow blustery for a while but is incapable of causing permanent harm.
But nevertheless it is pain to have to deal with.
The storm is unthinking, uncritical, unintelligent, unaware. It knows not what it does. It behaves like the blind, idiot god Azathoth.
As yet, it has not arrived.
It has still to come. You are pensively waiting.
Precautions have been taken. Security is in place. Windows are boarded up and doors battened down.
You know it is coming. And you prepare yourself as best you can. But there is only so much you can do.
Azathoth will attempt to wrought his destruction and devastation in his normal blind, idiot manner. It is his way. He knows no other.
Only by fortitude and integrity, by steadfast, unwavering support and friendship can we hope to weather the storm.And we will beat the storm, because…
"...every time it rains...
...you're here in my head...
...your like the Sun coming out...
...and I know that something good is going to happen!"
Dedicated to those who lost their lives in Cyclone Thane and in thankfulness to friends and strangers who got through it, albeit suffering lose of homes and property.
Quotations from ‘The Rain Song’ (1973) by Led Zeppelin and ‘Cloudbusting’ (1985) by Kate Bush. Other words are my own.
This music is so beautiful. I listened while looking over the lake at ‘Roche’. The combination of the tranquil visuals and dulcet music gave me body chills and made me cry…Sometimes, the feeling of joy is simply overwhelming and almost impossible to bear…