In honour of the gale force winds that have been lashing Britain and indeed much of Northern Europe, here is one of the poems I studied for my English GCSE:

-Ted Hughes

This house has been far out at sea all night,
The woods crashing through darkness, the booming hills,
Winds stampeding the fields under the window
Floundering black astride and blinding wet

Till day rose; then under an orange sky
The hills had new places, and wind wielded
Blade-light, luminous black and emerald,
Flexing like the lens of a mad eye.

At noon I scaled along the house-side as far as
The coal-house door. Once I looked up --
Through the brunt wind that dented the balls of my eyes
The tent of the hills drummed and strained its guyrope,

The fields quivering, the skyline a grimace,
At any second to bang and vanish with a flap;
The wind flung a magpie away and a black-
Back gull bent like an iron bar slowly. The house

Rang like some fine green goblet in the note
That any second would shatter it. Now deep
In chairs, in front of the great fire, we grip
Our hearts and cannot entertain book, thought,

Or each other. We watch the fire blazing,
And feel the roots of the house move, but sit on,
Seeing the window tremble to come in,
Hearing the stones cry out under the horizons.


Michelle said...

I hope everything is going okay for you! I've never heard of such a thing.

zhoen said...

So the family story goes... they were all sitting in the room, while wind and rain, thunder and lightening threatened, and my granny got up from her chair near the fire, when the chimney blew in, crushing the chair where she had just been sitting.

Pacian said...

@m: Well this wind thing is quite common outside Texas, so we're perhaps more used to dealing with it than you might think. ;-)

@z: I have a similar story for my grandmother, except it involves a German bomb and a grand piano.

Geosomin said...

Strange. We had the worst blizzard on record, there's torrential storms in BC...now you have huge storms over there. It seems like there are more storms on record than I recall. Hope you're all tethered down until the wind passes.

I have no interesting story about my grandma...other than she and my grandpa getting lost in a carriage in a blizzard on their honeymoon. Not quite as dramatic I'm afraid...

susanna said...

Yikes! Sounds like a hurricane. I've never experienced anything like that myself. Hope you have a good pair of gum boots!