The light is dim in my tiny home, but morning has broken all the same. Thunder rumbles all around me as rain splashes against my window panes. The wind plays a game of tag with itself, rushing along my walls and pushing the rain in every different direction.
I light a rose scented candle and start the kettle for tea. Today I have nowhere to go and the possibility for anything. Lightning flashes, and I count the seconds before thunder grumbles an answer. I pour myself a cup of tea and walk the few steps from my kitchen to the living room.
The windows are framed with plants that I’ve somehow managed to keep alive, their leaves stretching to catch every last bit of light. A small table sits tucked into the corner, holding up stacks of books with used envelopes sticking out of their pages as bookmarks. They call out to me with their worlds and stories, but today is not the day to open them.
In the center of the room, waiting patiently and filling nearly all the floorspace, sits my loom.
Today, I will weave something for myself. Something I don’t have to show anyone or limit to what they want. Something fun and experimental and all my own.
Today I want to weave the storm.
I start out with my soft grey thread, the best for binding and holding. The wind presses rain against my windows in sheets, and I pull just the smallest stream of it out, weaving it up and down through the threads. The wind bucks and squirms, but eventually it figures out the rhythm and direction I’m taking, and it flows smoothly through the thread.
The forming cloth under my fingertips is turning into a light, glistening blue, and I know it is ready for a new element.
I reach for the dark, blanketing clouds.
They are elusive and full of everything I’ve ever felt. It’s no wonder they are always swirling and charged with a storm, I would do the same if I held so much inside me.
Light as mist and heavy as rain, I weave the clouds through. They take their own sweet time to settle, but once they do, it makes the softest cloth I’ve touched. Softer than my cats’ purring woven into silk.
The cloth now has flecks of green and purple and silver. I breathe in deeply and stretch, stepping out onto my front porch for a break.
The wind instantly starts playing with my hair, and the rain follows it under the overhang to spray mist into my face.
The colors around me are all deeper, brighter, vividly shining through the downpour. My eye catches on the yellow honeysuckle, and suddenly I know I have to have it in my cloth.
I am soaked by the time I come back inside, but I have the honeysuckle blossoms in my hands. They are sweet and warm, murmuring about humid days and bumble bees. I lay them out on my counter to rest while I change out of my wet clothes and pull on a soft sweater and warm leggings.
My cuckoo clock calls out the hour as I settle back to my weaving. Rich dark yellow appears in fine threads amongst the wind and clouds, and the scent of honeysuckle rises to mingle with the essence of rose from my candle.
There is one last element I want to add to this cloth, and it is the most difficult of all to catch.
It is mid-afternoon before I capture a splintering bolt of lightning. It is charged and wild and makes my skin tingle as I weave it in. Lightning fills the spaces between threads and lines the edges, flickering like the sky outside. I think perhaps even an echo of thunder is caught in the cloth.
I weave until the storm passes, leaving in its wake a hushed sort of calm. The clouds part just in time to let through the last rays of the setting sun, steeping the sky in gold and red and orange.
I leave the cloth on the loom for the night, letting the storm settle into its threads. Tomorrow I have other work to do, I have places to go and responsibilities to fulfill. But sometime, when I have another day to myself, I will make something from my cloth of storms.
Of everything I’ve made so far, I think this one will be a favorite.