Monday, 24 October 2016
One Immense Convulsion
explosions of lightning;
waves like mountains torn to shreds;
air almost solid with rain, hail and stones;
boiled-off vapors turbulently, massively recondensing;
a storm that drives half an ocean across a continent;
winds of two or three hundred kph forming a hurricane as a back eddy or dead zone.
The hurricane catches Gahood's nineteen destroyers:
"...as a November gale catches dead leaves in the northlands of Earth." (p. 513)
The destroyers are variously:
bounced around and cast aside;
broken apart by solid chunks;
drowned in spume-filled air;
tossed against mountains.
Their pieces are strewn, buried, reduced to dust and atoms or locked into new rock strata and never found. The revenge of nature against technology?