If you check out Thesaurus.com and look up the related adjectives to the word POWER, you will find that the first word listed is the word MALE. But if anything can bring a man to his mercy, it is the omnipotent forces of nature.
"It's a blustery day today," as Winnie the Pooh would say. Just yesterday, I was admiring the brilliance of autumn dangling from the trees like a million bright burning paper lanterns, and piled up in yards in small hills the colors of cumin and paprika. Now the trees are naked, wild sticks against a pale sky. My street looks as though a parades been through, with leaves whirling around the pavement like marooned confetti. We are waiting for the storm to come. Our lives are put on delay, as we can't predict the outcome or fall out of what is to shortly arrive.
My lights flicker as I write this, my house is shaking, and as the sun sets I know I will soon be turning on the kerosene lamps. All this technology in our hands, will become obsolete. We will resort to an earlier way of living, prehistoric and inconvenient for most. Fortunately, as writers, all we need is a pen and some paper, and a little light for our eyes. Better than a Slinky, this will keep us occupied for hours.
What this storm also puts into perspective, is the welfare of our fellow countrymen and women. In most cases, there are others who have it worse than we do, and as we are scrabbling with our own self-interests-- water, batteries, food, etc--- lets keep in our thoughts and prayers that we are all susceptible as this hour. Whether you believe in God or you don't, there is something out there, just outside our windows and bigger than ourselves.
And one last, quick thought on our political state before I shut the laptop down for the night (I know we are all sick up to our eyeballs with the campaigns), but as Clinton put it so well in a interview he did with Fox News (2006), the president in office will always be at the mercy of natural disasters. He must prove his strength for his country, but the true test is his ability to show humility and compassion in times like these. This is a well-timed test, I'm certain.