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VERSES: Storm Warnings  

James Horst, 2014
Last Updated: Mar 28, 2014 URL: http://libguides.huhs.org/content.php?pid=569606 Print Guide RSS UpdatesEmail Alerts

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Storm Warnings

The glass has been falling all the afternoon,
And knowing better than the instrument
What winds are walking overhead, what zone
Of grey unrest is moving across the land,
I leave the book upon a pillowed chair
And walk from window to closed window, watching
Boughs strain against the sky

And think again, as often when the air
Moves inward toward a silent core of waiting,
How with a single purpose time has traveled
By secret currents of the undiscerned
Into this polar realm. Weather abroad
And weather in the heart alike come on
Regardless of prediction.

Between foreseeing and averting change
Lies all the mastery of elements
Which clocks and weatherglasses cannot alter.
Time in the hand is not control of time,
Nor shattered fragments of an instrument
A proof against the wind; the wind will rise,
We can only close the shutters.

I draw the curtains as the sky goes black
And set a match to candles sheathed in glass
Against the keyhole draught, the insistent whine
Of weather through the unsealed aperture.
This is our sole defense against the season;
These are the things we have learned to do
Who live in troubled regions.

 

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James Horst

James is a pretty average guy. He takes part in several co-curricular activies and enjoys all of them. He plays in the Pep band in the winter for the basketball, marches in the Marching band for the football games in the fall and periodically throughout the year for parades and performes in the usual band concerts throughout the year as well. He is active in FFA and Robotics, has been since freshman year, and he's always having fun.

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