Neap Tide Storms

Dark waves crashing against the sandy shore.
Stormy weather bringing in the tide
the sands built up over the summer
washed away in an instant.

Neap tide weather should be calm
but often times it is not.
These last few years of storms and drear
have shown that nature still rules.

Too soon winter appears
though the leaves of late autumn have not fallen.
Before the approaching tide of winter
of snow and ice.

Spring and autumn were late.
Summer was short and winter long.
Too soon, I say again comes winter
we pray it will last a short time.

1999 by Rosemary Winters Tracey


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