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. Views expressed by individual poets and writers on this website and by commenters do not represent the views of the entire Society. The comments section on regular posts is meant to be a place for civil and fruitful discussion. Pseudonyms are discouraged. The individual poet or writer featured in a post has the ability to remove any or all comments by emailing submissions@ classicalpoets.org with the details and under the subject title “Remove Comment.” Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) Related 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 Reply Leave a Reply Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published.CommentName* Email* Website Notify me of follow-up comments by email.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.