A tint of grayness crept over heaven’s vault
All movements came to a freezing halt
The wall clock didn’t toll the midday hour
The babies no more blabbered but did glower
The hen didn’t cackle after laying the egg
The earth for some mercy seemed to beg
The birds didn’t twitter
The leaves didn’t flutter
No music came out from the fiddle
The telephone sat silent on its cradle
Nature seemed to have lost half its mirth
A mournful silence overpowered the earth
But shattering the ominous silence
Gun shots were heard at a distance
The siren screamed long and loud
Announcing curfew on unsuspecting ears wild
Behind the façade of a deceptive calm
No one suspected the threat of a fierce storm
Oh Nature, who on Earth can your dumb presages read!

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