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The calm within the storm,a poem of hope

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Eye of calm within the darkest storm

Cunningly hidden, well-concealed;

Howling winds, in raging form

Secreting a gem to be revealed


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The temporal nature of the tempest

Difficult to comprehend

When the winds are at their boldest

The hunt for the calm eye begins


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The tempest does not follow

Wherever one may choose to go

So there is no need to wallow

Over things not yet known


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The storm started not

Because of one’s influence;

Let it not be a blot

On shaky confidence


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Ride the storm with gladness

With will to negotiate

With no thoughts of sadness

Becomes easier to navigate.


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With mind’s active balm

Journey though laborious

Finding the eye of calm

Renders one victorious.




Copyright (C) by Michelle Liew Tsui-LIn

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Comments

Nithya Venkat from Dubai on October 15, 2014:

Beautifully expressed, the storm before the calm. You never know what will hit you in life. Great poem.

Michelle Liew (author) from Singapore on March 16, 2014:

Thanks so much!

elijagod from Abuja - Nigeria on March 13, 2014:

Beautiful and awesome poem, Life is full of storms but we have to be calm to be able to see the way out.

thanks for sharing

Michelle Liew (author) from Singapore on October 12, 2012:

Thanks for the tweet, Peggy!! It's hard to stay calm in the storms of our lives. But it is exactly then that we need to be calm....so that we can have the strength to move forward! Thanks for coming by!

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on October 12, 2012:

Hi Michelle,

Your words hold so much more meaning than merely what the weather can throw at us by way of storms. We all need to find that calm within ourselves just as in the eye of the storm as we work our way through life. Nicely done! Tweeting.

Michelle Liew (author) from Singapore on September 23, 2012:

Thanks, Cloud explorer!! Some storms are so destructive that it's really hard to find the calm. Those would really be challenges!! Thanks so much for the read!! And thanks for the share too!!

Michelle Liew (author) from Singapore on September 23, 2012:

Yes, Mary! It becomes easier when we try to adapt to it instead of fight the changes that come our way. Thanks for coming by! Glad you've enjoyed it!

Michelle Liew (author) from Singapore on September 23, 2012:

Absolutely wonderful take, Rahul!! We have to make the effort to find the calm within ourselves! Thanks for coming by!

Mike Pugh from New York City on September 23, 2012:

I love storms, but those one that are unbearable and out right destructive I must run for cover, nice poetry here Midget, and thanks to Rahul for sharing it I located this bad boy, cool beans.

Thumbs up and out!

Mary Craig from New York on September 23, 2012:

This is amazing and I don't know how I missed it! Each stanza states a truth we all need to realize....we may not have started the storm but we need to weather it.

Ride the storm with gladness

With will to negotiate

With no thoughts of sadness

Becomes easier to navigate.

Extraordinary words and advice! Voted this up, awesome and beautiful. Shared with my readers so they can see the beauty in your words.

Jessee R from Gurgaon, India on September 23, 2012:

Inspiring piece my friend.... I take the storm to be the mental unrest of man.. and the calm which lays hidden in it..

Unless man fights off his storms he cannot find his calm

brilliantly crafted :)

Michelle Liew (author) from Singapore on September 13, 2012:

Keith, take it easy, all bad days end. We all had more than our fair share!! lad this helped, though, at the end of every bad day, there is light.Thanks so much!

KDuBarry03 on September 13, 2012:

I've had a really long and stressful day today and it's still not done. I came back to read your poem to give me the sense of peace I needed. Thank you so much for sharing this, Michelle :)

Michelle Liew (author) from Singapore on September 07, 2012:

Hi Joy56!! Let's be that calm and continue writing to enrich lives!thanks for coming by'

Joy56 on September 07, 2012:

good times, bad times, may we write our way through all of them, and enlighten others .......

Michelle Liew (author) from Singapore on September 06, 2012:

True, well said, CrisSP!! I'm really happy to connect with you! True, the big guy means well, just that he needs to water his flowers!! LOL! Thanks for coming by!

Michelle Liew (author) from Singapore on September 06, 2012:

Yes, Patty, the storm within our lives do make us stronger, when we learn to look at them calmly. And the sun always shines after! Thanks for coming by, my friend.

Michelle Liew (author) from Singapore on September 06, 2012:

Yes, we do Shutri, sorry to tell you that these times increase as we grow older!! Thanks for coming by, my friend, and I'm glad you've enjoyed it!

Michelle Liew (author) from Singapore on September 06, 2012:

Thanks, Ryem. Let's all find the calm when it's the most difficult to do. Thanks for coming by!

Ryem from Maryland on September 06, 2012:

I really like this poem. This is a great reminder for anyone going through hard times that they can always find beauty and a calm center. Voted up.

CrisSp from Sky Is The Limit Adventure on September 06, 2012:

Unpleasantries are inevitable but they happen to nourish and strengthen our soul. And, "Finding the eye of calm, Renders one victorious."

So, not to be afraid when there's storm. The sky is doing its job and the big guy up there certainly mean no harm. There is hope.

Pretty inspiring and awesome hub. Up and away to you Michelle.

Patty Kenyon from Ledyard, Connecticut on September 06, 2012:

WOW Michelle, AWESOME JOB!!!! The storms within our life does make us stronger and through the storms we learn a lot about ourselves and our lives. Storms can come suddenly, however, they too pass and eventually the sun does shine once again!!!

Love it!!!! Many Votes and Shared!!!

shruti sheshadri from Bangalore, India on September 06, 2012:

Indeed, all of us go through horrible phases in life. Your poem serves as an inspiration to just accept it and endure the pain! Beautiful once again, michelle!

voted up and shared :)

Michelle Liew (author) from Singapore on September 05, 2012:

Hi Vellur, thanks for the visit!! Glad that you could generate the important sense of calm from this!! Thanks for coming by!

Nithya Venkat from Dubai on September 04, 2012:

I found calmness in your poem, awesome. Very well expressed and inspiring. Voted up.

Michelle Liew (author) from Singapore on September 04, 2012:

Yes, Hyphenbird, and only too often, so we've to consciously seek out the calm. ! Really appreciate you coming by!

Brenda Barnes from America-Broken But Still Beautiful on September 04, 2012:

We so often do become submerged in things unknown. I like your well written poem and the message it contains.

Michelle Liew (author) from Singapore on September 03, 2012:

I know what you mean, Hatter. The world is pretty chaotic now as it is, what with hurricanes, earthquakes and the list goes on. But through it, we sit calmly!! Thanks for coming by!

Martin Kloess from San Francisco on September 03, 2012:

Excellent expression. How wonderful the world use to be.

Michelle Liew (author) from Singapore on September 03, 2012:

Well summarized, Keith. That's exactly it......there is always an axis of calm in a storm. It's whether we want to try an access it. Thanks for dropping by, my friend!

KDuBarry03 on September 03, 2012:

Find your way through the storms of life and live with your peace. Well done, as always, Michelle!

Michelle Liew (author) from Singapore on September 03, 2012:

Thanks Jhamann!! I look forward to reading more of your poetry and sonnets as well!

Michelle Liew (author) from Singapore on September 03, 2012:

Hi Susan, glad you like this!! I like that verse myself. Thanks so much!

Michelle Liew (author) from Singapore on September 03, 2012:

That's true, Linda. We just have to wait for it to pass and the sunshine to come!! Thanks for coming by!!

Michelle Liew (author) from Singapore on September 03, 2012:

Exactly, Curiad!! We are blinded by the battles and miss the peace within. Thanks for coming by!

Michelle Liew (author) from Singapore on September 03, 2012:

That's beautifully put, Lord. We indeed have to find the lost balance in our souls when we are struck by storms and trauma......and bring out the good in our souls, whatever life deals us with!! A wonderfully insightful comment, Lord....I really appreciate the visit!

Jamie Lee Hamann from Reno NV on September 03, 2012:

Thank you Midget38 for this great poem. You also have such skill with the photographs and the presentation. Jamie

Nell Rose from England on September 03, 2012:

The storms in our life are so much like the real storms, sitting in the eye of the storm can leave you calm, but scared off what comes next, beautiful poem, and voted up!

Sueswan on September 03, 2012:

Hi Michelle,

"The tempest does not follow

Wherever one may choose to go

So there is no need to wallow

Over things not yet known"

Very wise and profound

Voted up and away

Take care :)

Linda Bilyeu from Orlando, FL on September 03, 2012:

Well done Michelle. I like storms. Most of them.

There is always sunshine after the storm. No matter what storm should occur, you could always count on sunshine! :)

Curiad on September 03, 2012:

The calm is always within us, there are times though when we fight the battles and miss seeing the peace.

Joseph De Cross from New York on September 03, 2012:

Powerful lightning that stroke our senses. Calmness and storms, antagonized but replicating the balance of life. From the good and bad, we always know that our spirit will fight for the goodness within our souls.

Michelle Liew (author) from Singapore on September 03, 2012:

True. We need to accept that these will just be something we have to face though we hate them. Thanks for coming by, Meldz!!

ignugent17 on September 03, 2012:

Wow ! Michelle you such full of talents and your words are so powerful and with the pictures.

"Ride the storm in gladness" it is reality . Need to accept it.

Voted up and more!

Michelle Liew (author) from Singapore on September 03, 2012:

Thanks Kim. Yup, life gives you chills...but you can choose to warm up!!

Thanks, my dear, for coming by!!

Sasha Kim on September 03, 2012:

Fantastic poem Michelle, it gave me chills! Voted up and shared!

Michelle Liew (author) from Singapore on September 03, 2012:

Bingo, TT. Right on the button. That's it exactly. We all have these storms and trials, ride them out calmly!! Thanks for coming by, my friend!!

Michelle Liew (author) from Singapore on September 03, 2012:

Thanks Jools! We all must cope with that uncertainty, which can be torturous. Thanks for coming by!!

Terrye Toombs from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map. on September 03, 2012:

Excellent message, midget38! I think I got - don't let the craziness around you affect you and don't worry about those things we can not change, just ride it out. :) Nice visuals! :)

Jools Hogg from North-East UK on September 03, 2012:

Michelle, wonderfully descriptive. I could sense that turbulence as I read it and the uncertainty that must come when the storm is building.

Michelle Liew (author) from Singapore on September 03, 2012:

Absolutely correct, star stream, we never want to embrace a storm, but it's one of the things in life we cannot avoid. Thanks for coming by!

Michelle Liew (author) from Singapore on September 03, 2012:

Everyone has storms, Bill. Some heavier than others, caused by outside influences on our lives.......but if we remain calm, ride them out, accept willingly and gracefully, change comes. Thanks for coming by!

Michelle Liew (author) from Singapore on September 03, 2012:

True, Mary, we only have to ride it out. Glad you only got the outer bands of Issac!! I think everyone must've been thinking so positively, he had to take his leave!! Thanks for sharing!!

Dreamer at heart from Northern California on September 03, 2012:

We never want to be swept up by a storm. It eventually may touch all of us living our lives in the midst of changes. Thanks for your poetry.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on September 03, 2012:

It is within each of us, is it not, this thing called a storm....and then the outside influences that cause storms in our personal life.....and through it all, if we can remain calm, change comes....such is life, yes?

Very well-written Michelle!

Mary Hyatt from Florida on September 03, 2012:

Beautiful thoughts and words here. I always notice how peaceful it is after the storm has passed and the sun comes out again. We just have to "ride it out". I am thinking of the hurrican Issac that we got just the outer bands with lots of wind and rain.

I voted this Hub, up, and will share.

Michelle Liew (author) from Singapore on September 03, 2012:

Indeed, Richard. The madness can always be weathered, though, it's how willing we are to do it. Thanks for dropping by!!

Rich from Kentucky on September 03, 2012:

There's always a calm before the storm and afterwards. It's a matter of weathering the madness in between! Great Job, as always! Loved it!

Michelle Liew (author) from Singapore on September 03, 2012:

My prayers blessings to you on that, Healthylife. With determination, it will definitely work. Thanks so much for dropping by!!

healthylife2 on September 03, 2012:

This was a beautiful poem that I connected with. I'm working on staying calm during the storms life can throw at us. The pictures beautifully illustrated your words. Voted up!

Michelle Liew (author) from Singapore on September 03, 2012:

Hi La Thing!! Thanks for dropping in!! Yup, and we have to keep focused on the positive eye of calm in the middle of these storms.Thanks for dropping in!

Michelle Liew (author) from Singapore on September 03, 2012:

lcbenefield, thanks for dropping by!! Yes, it's how we choose to react to the storms, positively or negatively. Thanks for dropping by!

LaThing from From a World Within, USA on September 03, 2012:

Beautifully written about a treacherous storm. Well expressed..... Enjoyed it! Voting up.....

Michelle Liew (author) from Singapore on September 03, 2012:

Looks like we're on the same page, Spy!! LOL! Thanks for coming in again!

lcbenefield from Georgia on September 03, 2012:

up and beautiful. So true. There are many storms in life. We can choose to be calm in the midsts of them. Thanks for sharing this.

Life Under Construction from Neverland on September 03, 2012:

Couldn't agree more Michelle! very true indeed.. in times life is rough for us to handle, don't look on the roughness, try to open your eyes and see the smooth piece inside it. It's the only way to overcome tempest! Vry well done Michelle!!

Michelle Liew (author) from Singapore on September 03, 2012:

Indeed, Spy. We have to do that. Or else it'd be difficult for us to survive the horrible tempest!! Thanks for dropping by, Myz!

Michelle Liew (author) from Singapore on September 03, 2012:

Wow. That's a wonderful insight, Janine. I guess that's the way it is...we've to fool ourselves into thinking positive when there are still challenges to face!! Thanks, my friend, for dropping in!

Life Under Construction from Neverland on September 03, 2012:

you've woven a powerful word in your poem Michelle. sometimes, all we need is to find the eye of calm on inside a swirling life.

Janine Huldie from New York, New York on September 03, 2012:

Very beautiful Poe, Michelle. I actually have lived through 2 hurricanes and can attest that the eye truly is so very calm and can almost fool one into thinking the storm is over even when it isn't just yet. Very nicely worded and have voted up and shared too.

Michelle Liew (author) from Singapore on September 03, 2012:

Sometimes our journey through life may be akin to surviving a tornado; but within the tornado is an eye of calm to find.