Thunderstorms and Surprises

July 2, 2021 at 10:36 pm (Film, Movies, Poetry)

A long time ago
A friend wrote about a movie she had seen
I remarked it sounded interesting
She said I should watch it
I said I would

But I never did
and one day I was flipping through the channels
and the caption on the screen gave the title of the movie
I said I’d watch
but never did

So I watched a little
But was not too impressed with the scene
I had stumbled across while flipping through
The channels
I said, “This movie is not for me”
And continued flipping through the channels

Thus it was whenever I was flipping through the channels
And came across the caption showing the title of the movie
on the channel that I said I might watch
But never did
I kept on flipping through the channels

So it would appear that I never would watch this movie
That I said I might watch
Because the one time I stumbled across it
It showed a scene I didn’t like
And thought the rest of the film would be just as bad

Tonight was a thunderstorm in the area
A big dramatic thunderstorm
Ending days of severe heat.
Heavy rain, lightning, thunder, hail and funnel clouds
On the same day that a letter showed up in the mail
To a guy named MacBeth
Who must have apparently once lived at this address
But does not do so now.

Watching the weather report on tonight’s news
The weather woman said there was fierce weather in the area
And as if to emphasize what the weather woman had just said
Lightning flashed, the thunder roared
And the power chose to go off at this exact moment.

“I guess she’s absolutely right,” I remarked stupidly
To no one in particular in the house
Since my roommate had left on a camping trip this weekend
And the only one left in the house aside from me
Was an artificial plant
That appeared on the verge of dying
Funny- even plants that are artificial die on me.

After a couple of minutes I deduced with profound Sherlockinginess
That the power didn’t seem to be coming on anytime soon
I went down to my bedroom
And pushed the buttons on my obsolete tablet
And my obsolete smart phone
They still told the time
Although I deduced (quite accurately it turns out)
That the house wifi probably went out with the power
(It had).

After ten minutes the power came back on
It was still raining heavily
So I couldn’t go out for my evening walk
I decided to see what the movie was on tonight
On a channel that showed movies from 7 PM until midnight

It turns out whenever the power goes out
It takes a while for the cable company
To reset
And mention what shows are on each channel
On the captions they show on each channel
While you’re flipping through

So in order to find out the movie
I’d have to watch until they actually showed the title of the movie
Whatever film it was had intriguing opening shots and cinematography
They showed the producer, the director and a few members of the cast
prior to showing the title of the picture

When they showed the title of the movie
I was horrified
It was the title of the movie
That my friend had recommended I watch
And said that I would but never did
The movie I had inadvertently stumbled across one time
While flipping through the channels
And the scene that I saw had impressed me so little
That I thought the rest of the movie was just as bad.

I looked out the window
The rain was definitely not going to stop anytime soon
So I decided to watch a bit

After all the film’s opening cinematography
While the opening credits were rolling
Had impressed me a great deal

And actually the film’s opening scene, storyline
And dialogue
After the opening credits had impressed me a great deal

I watched
About 10 minutes into the film
Appeared that one scene
Which I had stumbled across that one time
And thought was so bad
I never watched the rest of the film

I have to say I liked this film
I really liked this film
The girl who recommended I watch it
She was right
She thought I’d like it
And I did.

And if it hadn’t been for the fierce thunderstorm
And the power going out
Causing the cable company to reset
Meaning no captions naming the TV shows
On each channel as you’re flipping through
I probably would never have watched it.

What does it mean?
That I finally did?
I don’t know.

But the line that impressed me the most during the show
Among so many impressive lines in the show
Was this
(Movie buffs might be able to guess what movie this was from this one character’s line- let me know in the comments)
“Believing in science is good up to a point
But then after that point, God steps in.”

-A poem written by Christopher
Friday July 2nd 2021


  1. Shweta Suresh said,

    Looks like you were destined to watch the movie after all!

  2. Jo said,

    I have no idea. 🙂 But offer the answer in verses in a post tomorrow.

  3. Kritika said,

    The suggested movie turned out well so the thunderous MacBethian night spent well. 😀
    That’s a relief that your region received rains. We are still waiting for the same.

  4. Marlapaige said,

    I don’t recognize the line specifically, but it makes me think of a Jodie Foster movie about aliens and science and religion. The title was like “Contact with aliens” or something… but simpler. The alien looked like her father and then she passed out. And she sat in the desert listening. Omg, it had to be more than 15 years since I saw this movie! Ugh. I’ll get the title to the movie I’m thinking of at some point. I hope.

    • Marlapaige said,

      Ok. I admit I gave up and cheated. I came up with like 300 titles rapidly and managed to miss the common thread. They were all right and all completely wrong. The movie was called “contact”. So simple. Of course I had to complicate it 🤣😂

      • Dracul Van Helsing said,

        No, it wasn’t Contact.

        The answer is to be found in the poetic verse I wrote in reply to Jo above.

      • Marlapaige said,

        The NOTEBOOK? As in Ryan Gosling the Notebook??

      • Dracul Van Helsing said,

        That’s the one. 🙂

      • Marlapaige said,

        Thank you for the kick in the pants with the link to the other comment. 😂

      • Dracul Van Helsing said,

        You’re welcome. 😀

      • Marlapaige said,

        Holy crap… I remember the old guy said it. I thought I wouldn’t because it’s a sappy one (my sister recommended it and she loves romantic movies) but when I finally saw it actually really liked that movie. Much like you, I found it while trying to find something to watch and saw it was just starting and thought “why not?” Figured I’d find something else by the 20 minute mark when I was crawling out of my skin. Not gonna lie, watched the whole thing, and even got all girlie and cried a few times.

        Now I wish I had a tv! Wanna watch it. 🥺

      • Dracul Van Helsing said,

        Yes, old Noah (played by James Garner) said it when he was being examined by the young doctor and told not to get his hopes up about his wife getting her memory back anytime soon.

      • Marlapaige said,

        Thank you! That actually was bothering me and I couldn’t find it after you basically told me what to look for other than in written form with no hint as to when he said it. It was driving me a little insane. What was the scene you didn’t like? Was it them walking down the street in the rain near the beginning?

      • Dracul Van Helsing said,

        No, it was his standing in the ferris wheel box threatening to jump unless she went on a date with him.

        I thought that was a bit asinine and juvenile.

        I thought maybe the rest of the picture was like that but it wasn’t.

      • Marlapaige said,

        Oh….. I forgot that scene. I hated that scene. It was so….melodramatic and not in a cute or romance kind of way. Just for the sake of being super weird. I love Ryan gosling, but I kinda wanted to punch him in the head in that scene. That wouldn’t make me say yes or swoon or 😍. That would kick in my smart ass response. I wanted to tell him to go ahead as I’ve always wondered if the movies got the sound right when a human body slaps into the pavement

      • Dracul Van Helsing said,

        Yes, that would be interesting to find out.

      • Marlapaige said,

        That’s just it. Its romance so of COURSE she says yes. In real life, he’d provitamins just call her a name, behave and go away.

  5. Dawn Renee said,

    The universe conspired, despite your passive refusal, to confine you to the fulfillment of your words. Maybe it all planted a useful, subconscious seed. Very neat story

  6. David Redpath said,

    Glad to know you survived the heat 🥵
    Christopher 👍 😎

  7. Dracul Van Helsing said,

    Thanks, David. 🙂

    Yes, it was quite the relief to survive the heat. 😎

  8. David Redpath said,

    Quite a feat in that heat.
    A bit like surviving the Canadian
    residential school system 😪

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