It's a lovely, clear crisp morning
not a cloud in the sky
Irene washed through the Hudson Valley staying a little over 24 hours
The rains came Saturday night 12:05 am
We already knew from friends in NYC 2 hours south what was coming our way.
The image of empty NYC streets, of evacuated residents of a shutdown city, strange.
By daybreak, rain
by midday, rain
by afternoon, rain
by then NYC was clear
and we were in a washing machine surrounded by trees
at least safer on higher ground from flooding
we never lost power. no downed trees, never had to evacuate to the basement
Fortunate we were.
The wind by 4pm in all directions whipped rain like snow
pups loved it, a lucky break
I danced on our outdoor table safely tucked into the corner of the living room
defiant, feeling like a kid
hurricanes can bring gifts
Irene by 1 am Monday, over
No wind, no rain
Just the twinkle twinkle of stars above unaware
of the torrent and devastation here on earth
Chorus of un-drowned crickets and other singing "things"
filled the cleaned night air
Rushing water in nearby stream loud
like a freight train with 1000's of rattling cars on a trip to far away.
Others were not so lucky as we were and I wish them well in returning to right.
Be careful when traveling.
I'm looking forward to returning to the subway to perform soon.