COMMON GROUND: Storm Clouds

Posted: April 23, 2014 in Articles, Common Ground
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by Fiona Lovatt

Vapour rising, falling as it cools, heated by baked earth beneath, ascending with fresh heat, rubbing against the descending droplets in the mountain of an anvil cloud… this is the delicate pelting friction that erupts as lightning and the thunder clap that follows. It is only water acting in the laws of gravity and thermodynamics.
Endless flowering of charged electrons making a blaze in a moment.
The harbinger of the storm or the storm passing.
Our faces lift to the cooling wind. This is the natural order of things and we are prepared, or not prepared for the inundation. Could we not learn from the cloud when the storm clouds gather across history and current events?
These signs of turmoil we read in the headlines are no more than the weather forecast.
The same water in the clouds is water that has been drawn or sprung from the earth to water crops. We ate the fruits, quenching our thirst, urinating, sweating, crying, copulating, bleeding in the way of humans. Water has tumbled and ambled in river beds. The tomatoes and pepi drying on the clay roofs and the road berms, baked into crispy discs and pellets, they gave up their water. Trees reaching into the earth, responded to the solar pull by releasing, through the leaves, the water that rose metres high in capillaries that throb and hum in unheard rhythms of life. All this movement, from aquifers and veins, from pores and stomata, from earth to sky and back again… all of this is the journey of water and we know the benefits of water to quench a thirst, to wash and cleanse, to freshen, nourish and revitalise. We know this all as weather and weather takes care of itself, obeying those laws of gravity, motion and thermodynamics.
Each day we can see meteorological predictions based on the highs and lows of air pressure and yet we have not yet found the way to map human sentiment day by day: the pockets of hysteria, the winds of change, the increased economic pressures, the fluctuating prices, the influence of violence or generosity…
Mapping the social change would help us see history as an unfolding certainty as certain as the rainstorm across a land crying out for rain and the season of new growth. The parched soil open at last to the renaissance and the healing we desire.

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Comments
  1. Grant says:

    Great stuff, political meteorologists exist I’m sure, I’m just hoping that the elements of the global political weather system (i.e. all of us) can all help keep the weather fair and not unduly inclement.

  2. Anene Francis says:

    Atilogu dance of words and figures of speech. Surely out of this world, a unique niche… Exceptional!
    I would have asked why some phrases herein are treated as sentences, but I recalled its probably ‘innovation’ lol. All good.
    * Just like the complex cycle of water, human emotions and sociality should be studied by experiences past and present… I see one big problem though. Unlike drops of water that are exactly alike in characteristics, behaviour of humans are by far dissimilar. But we can gain a lot by learning from past successes and mistakes. A good proposition all the same.

  3. Ezeamalukwuo says:

    Splendid Lady Fiona, i can’t say it enough. Your allusion here is brilliant. It is a pity that we can do so many stuffs, some irrelevant stuffs but the more important ones are sometimes left in the background, far from the light of reasoning. Kudos Lady Fiona, for this write up.

  4. Fiona says:

    Thank you once again.
    The phrase, as “sentence”, is poetic licence. This is a poetic work. It breaks with conventions. Grammarians and linguisticologists can carve their own path in the literary world.

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