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“Spring Storm”….poem

April 15, 2014


sunrise to the east

sunrise to the east


It is early spring here in Atlanta, and nothing is usual about it.  The weather is weird, blowing from hot to cold, and tonight we are to expect freezing temps.  Unusual for the middle of April.

Spring  brings unsettled and dramatic weather across our nation. Tornadoes are the usual fare and this morning, the winds have picked up, blowing great gusts.  The wind chimes relay the power of the wind and I jump with their frenzy.  It is an unsettled time, this spring, but also one of excitement.   Nature is in command, and our petty concerns here down on earth, those things that drive us to distraction, fade in the face of Nature’s power.  The bellows of wind, the monstrous groans of limb on limb of huge oaks and pecans, well, these things capture our attention.  Life is played out in its fullness with spring storms.

Lady Nyo




The wind howls tonight

Races round eaves,

Disturbs the haunts in the attic,

Forces wind chimes

Into a metal hambone frenzy

The clash of harmony grates

On ears, on nerves

no sleep for this night.


There is death to the west

Fear in the vanguard.


It is springtime,

No gentle embrace

Just a blaze of destruction, despair.


Is far down on the ground,

Deep as a cellar

Deep as the grave.


The moon above,

Sickly green sphere

Is in on the game.


The dogs howl

A Greek chorus

Echoing their primal fear

Over the landscape.


Each moan of wind

Heralds the apocalypse,

My eyes squeeze shut

Against grating of branches,

The rattle of panes

As I grasp for sanity

In an insane night.



I ride out the storm,

Dawn breaks,

The silence complete,

The earth placid and calm

As if the night before

Only a nightmare-

And I ridden from sleep

To the usual ground.


Jane Kohut-Bartels

Copyrighted, 2014,

from ‘Pitcher of Moon” 

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“Night Poem”

April 20, 2012

Watercolor, Salisbury, janekohut-bartels, 2005

Salisbury”, watercolor, janekohut-bartels, 2005

It seems we are entering the seasonal pattern of storms, tornadoes and the general fury of a tender season: Spring. 

We need the rain, the drought again threatens,  the winds are fierce, as I watch them toss and twirl the great Pin Oaks,  Live Oaks, Pecans.  Even watching this display brings on  vertigo, as you marvel at the flexibility of these monsterous sentinels filling the the landscape.

The power of what is there, the marvel of it all! They stand between heaven and earth and overwhelm the eyes and senses.

Lady Nyo



The wind howled hard last night,

A chorus of disgruntled banshees

Out to fracture nerves and peace,

Disrupt any possible sleep,

Make dogs whine in fear-

A sickly moon  above.


The wind chimes on the eaves

Jangled, clanged

Hollow metal hambones

Danced at the command

Of transforming elements–

Discord added to a fearsome harmony.


This is an alarming season,

Nothing soft-edged about it.

The tattered- leaved branches

Silhouetted against a plastered wall,

Illuminated by harsh street lights–

Whip  about in a feeding frenzy

And I dare not close my eyes,

But creep down to quiet the hounds

Who share my anxious sentiments–

A rude and boisterous night.

Jane Kohut-Bartels

Copyrighted, 2012


Tornadoes across the South, continuing a deadly pattern 2012 and 2013

April 28, 2011

UPDATE: This is Spring, 2013 and the news out of the Midwest is horrific. Over 50 tornados in the last 48 hours have hit Oklahoma, Texas, Missouri, and other midwest and southern states. In Moore, Ok, an elementary school has collapsed with students in it. A daycare also was near by. One of these tornadoes was almost 2 miles wide and looks to be F4 catagory. Just when it seemed to settle, another one reformed and went over basically the same ground. It looks, from the news reports like a war zone in several states. What can we say? There has been death (so far 37, with more expected) from these storms, and probably will be more before this season passes. I pray that people are spared and our nation pulls together to help the recovery. God Almighty, this is just horrible.

Lady Nyo

One year later, Spring 2012, it seems that the weather patterns are still going to torment the south, and the rest of the country.  We had no real snows this year, as opposed to last winter, but the tornadoes that have come out of Texas, Kansas, etc. are picking right up and doing their damage to life and property. The only ‘good’ thing that has changed is  the sirens, and early warning system seem to be curtailing the deaths and injuries this year.  However, 140 plus tornadoes in one day/night, as we saw this week basically in one state, is rolling with a deadly dice.

Here in Atlanta, we seen to be reentering a period of drought again, and there has been little rain.  However, the spring thunderstorm season has hardly begun here. We need the rain desperately, but the destruction of tornadoes, sheer wind bursts and flooding we don’t.  If any one would be so foolish to deny that Global Warming has something to do with our severe and erratic weather across the nation, they are living under a rock.

Lady Nyo, April 17th, 2012

The following was posted on April 28th, 2011:

A month ago I was shocked and thrown by what had happened in Japan.  This morning I again visit that numbing emotional place.

This week violent thunderstorms swept across the Midwest. Yesterday, we saw the same, with even more violent tornadoes sweeping across Mississippi, Alabama and Georgia. Alabama seems have been hit the hardest.  There was over 160 tornadoes reported, though there are suspected many more in actuality.  What is called straight line winds do as much damage it seems.

The death toll has risen beyond 300, with more to come.  Whole neighborhoods have been flattened, blown away, with people missing and still unaccounted.  Many were imprisoned in their cellars as news stations  are telling us. And the kicker to all of this is May is considered the worse month for tornadoes.  April certainly has done enough damage.

We were spared in Atlanta…this time.  Immediately south of us, in Griffin, two people were killed… many more in the northern crescent of the state.

The destruction across the South looks like a bomb hit total communities and wiped clean any semblance of life.  There was little mercy to be had, but even in the midst of this destruction, 5 newborn puppies were lifted up and scattered, to be found alive, shivering and afraid.  Life, and death….is very strange.

The power of these tornadoes were enormous, F4’s and 5’s.  Some were over a mile wide.  The pictures are almost unbelievable, but the effects of them are all too real.

I got a call from a cousin, Donnie, in New Jersey. (Marge! Donnie sends his love.)  Donnie saw the news reports and thought about his cousin in the ‘unknown territory’ of the South.  He was worried that I might be blown away like the Wicked Witch of the West.  Not to worry, Donnie,  but I did clean out a 1/4 of the basement yesterday and took a whole day to do so.  The junk of 26 years of marriage and a husband who saves useless stuff down there was hard enough to make disappear…at least enough room to have a sanctuary from any violent storm.  I packed up everything I could find that would go into 15 garbage bags took them to the usual dumpster behind a church.   I set up two camp chairs, a cooler for our feet, a large plastic container of water, breakfast bars, blankets, reading material and a ‘sand toilet’….a plastic bucket with sand.  Who knows what might happen?

Thankfully nothing to us but at least we are prepared for just about anything now.

My husband realized I was exhausted, sore and on edge.  He gave me a muscle relaxer, and I slept through everything, even the violent winds and rain.  I couldn’t  have made it to the cellar if there was a tornado lurking  over the house.

The news gets worse and worse and there is a point when you can’t absorb any more.  I think I am close to that point.  And I just don’t know what I can do to help.  Perhaps it will come to me later.

Right now the winds are sweet and the air cooled. The sky is a soft, azure blue.  I am not fooled.

Lady Nyo

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