Friday, July 24, 2015

Poetry Friday: The Storm

For Poetry Friday today, I thought I would dig into my own poetry archives, and share something fitting for this summer season. Thunderstorms are a common occurrence in my part of the world, and one of my favorite things about summer. This poem was inspired by an especially vigorous, especially colorful storm several summers ago.

Photo by daughter #2
The Storm

The storm wars on
in gray and black
with jagged, silver lightning cracks.
Then, when done
the thunder sun
breaks through in greenish gold
and casts a rainbow in the sky,
arching wide
and bright
and high.
Then clouds ignite in firelight,
a wonder to behold!

(c) Rebecca J. Gomez

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  1. Very nice! I like the thunder sun.

  2. I know that thunder sun well from my part of the country, too. (We get some spectacular thunderstorms in Nebraska!)
    Gorgeous photo, too!

  3. Nice to meet a fellow Nebraskan, Karen!

  4. After a couple of years of drought, we have had some gorgeous thunderstorms in Denver this summer. You have so captured the rhythm and intensity of those storms in your poem, - intense, intense, intense, then quieter, then that last burst of glory as the sun shines through the clouds. My favorite phrases and lines:
    - jagged silver lightning cracks,
    - thunder sun
    - clouds ignite in firelight
    I want to print this out and save it to show kids how poets help us see the world in new ways! Thank you!

  5. I'm honored, Carol! I forgot to put a copyright notice at the bottom of my poem (which I will go fix right now), but I would love for you to share it with students. So, please include that when you print it out. Thanks!

    Speaking of drought, we had a couple of very dry summers recently, and I missed thunderstorms as much (or maybe more) as I miss snow in a dry winter. Hurray for rain!

  6. Gorgeous sky and fabulous description of storms--we had one just like that (minus the rainbow) last night in eastern Colorado!

  7. One of the greatest gifts of a summer thunderstorm is a rainbow. I never tire of seeing them.

  8. Ooh, I can see those clouds igniting! So lovely and powerful. thank you!


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