19th Century Watercolour - Figures Sitting Around a Campfire“When Clouds Roll In” by Michael Maibach The Society November 13, 2018 Beauty, Poetry 3 Comments On sunny days We’re filled with “me.” “I’m on my own And feeling free!” We have our job, And casual friends. The world feels strong Like it won’t end. Then clouds roll in, And lightning, too. Our plans all fail; Life’s bills come due. A friendship fades. A lover leaves. A child is lost. A death to grieve. These turns in life Come to all souls. We can’t escape Exacting tolls. Some ride these waves, As bravely faced— Footholds regained By God’s good grace. Some fall beneath The heavy surf, Their friends and faith? Perhaps a dearth. So here’s the thing I’ll share with you, Make friends right now; To them be true. And kneel each night, Pray to our God. Thank Him for life, Though hard to plod. We’re here alone Until we change: Craft daily ways Friends, faith—engage! Michael Charles Maibach began writing poems at age nine. Since then he has continued writing poems, and sharing them with friends. In November 2015 he opened a Facebook page – Poems of Michael Charles Maibach. It offers 140 poems written since then. His career has involved global business diplomacy. He is a native of Peoria, Illinois. Today Michael resides in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia. NOTE: The Society considers this page, where your poetry resides, to be your residence as well, where you may invite family, friends, and others to visit. Feel free to treat this page as your home and remove anyone here who disrespects you. Simply send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Put “Remove Comment” in the subject line and list which comments you would like removed. The Society does not endorse any views expressed in individual poems or comments and reserves the right to remove any comments to maintain the decorum of this website and the integrity of the Society. Please see our Comments Policy here. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window) 3 Responses E. V. November 13, 2018 Good morning! Your message is true. I really liked the tidal analogy of some people being able to ride the “waves” while others are crushed by the “heavy surf”. Nice job. Reply Joseph S. Salemi November 13, 2018 In your third quatrain, the correct spelling of the second word is “lightning.” There is no /e/ in it. Reply C.B. Anderson November 13, 2018 Michael, Don’t give up your day job. Reply Leave a Reply Cancel ReplyYour email address will not be published.CommentName* Email* Website Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.