While the Tempest Rages
Travellers gaze upwards with anxious glances
While branches come crashing to the ground
Double glazed windows assaulted by the gales
A test of strength for the garden shed and glasshouse
Birds circling as in a whirlpool below a lowering sky
Pedestrians angled acutely forward against the blast
Umbrellas outside-in, their twisted spokes fractured
Mothers grip their toddlers ever tighter
Children fail to circumnavigate the puddles
The lollipop man battles with his wayward sign
Motorists give wide berth to high-sided lorries
The A signs outside shops cartwheel across the pavement
Nervous passengers suspended in the terminal
Perhaps happy not yet to be whirling aloft
Ships at sea scurry for safe havens
Novice cruise passengers fail to find sea legs
Office workers plea for an early release
Lest they be marooned twixt work and home
College students simply lie abed – why bother?
Weather forecasters issue ominous warnings
More strident as they move from the Yellow
Through the Amber to the Red – Take Action!
But what action can we take?
As the Americans say
Let’s hunker down!
Calm is sure to return
Sadly, not yet!