Tornado in the Wilderness, a poem by Robert A. Sieczkiewicz

Cole-Tornado in the Wilderness

Tornado in the Wilderness, Robert A. Sieczkiewicz

Path of our lives can’t ever be unbowed,
Nor be without stones to stumble and fall,
For all are weakened by what they have sowed.
Is but human desires that is our thrall.

If it be normal to have such desires,
Shall we forev’r be lost in a wilderness,
Then expire sent to the eternal fires,
Or to seek emotional emptiness?

Not the Designer’s plan that love we not.
We are His creation, from love we came.
So that this mighty work should not be naught,
In some humble fashion our love proclaim.

Should burdens of life be beyond our might,
We shall raise our eyes to His saving light.

Thomas Cole completed Tornado in the Wilderness in 1835.  To me this painting sends a very strong message.  Look at the destroyed trees.  We can take them to mean destroyed lives not in the sense of death but in a spiritual way.  Think of the tree of life and what it symbolizes.  In the Book of Genesis, the tree of life is described. And what of the light finding its way into the wilderness.  Another spiritual symbol.  It is plain to see that it symbolizes a guide to find your way through life given the human fallibilities.




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