Bernard F. Asuncion

Gold Star - 120,458 Points (July 30,1967 / Subic, Philippines)

Man's Most Feared Foes - Poem by Bernard F. Asuncion

Natural calamities have been
With man since time immemorial;
Frequenting the earth's face,
Standing as one tall trial.

They ravage places at random,
So unpredictable;
Like invincible enemies,
Wreaking havoc so powerful.

Nature unleashes its wrath
In many forms;
Volcanic eruptions, wildfires,
Extreme heat and winter storms.

Other types are quakes, tsunamis, tornadoes,
Hurricanes, mudflows, flashfloods and landslides;
Claiming not only properties,
But even human lives.

All these among others
Are nature's way to remind;
Man's frailty and helplessness
Make his life lay on the line.

El Niño weather phenomenon
Is another grim warning;
It brings extreme drought
As well as torrential raining.

Nations make information campaigns
And disaster preparedness programs;
Anticipating possible effects
Attributed to nature's harms.

Following the experts' advice
Is a good way of coping;
Take contingent measures,
Brace ourselves for what it might bring.

Yet above all these,
Trust in God Almighty;
Whose hand designed the universe,
His power is great inexorably.

He gives rain on the earth,
Countless are the things marvelous;
He turns into blessings
Man's most feared foes.

Topic(s) of this poem: nature

Form: Verse

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Poem Submitted: Thursday, September 17, 2015

Poem Edited: Monday, November 21, 2016

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