The Thunderstorm


Now comes discordant melody of chimes

And clouds on far horizon dance with light,

And distant rumbling thunder gives me signs

A thunderstorm has come to end the night.


Now comes the pitter-patter of light rain,

Then plinking on the gutters, grill and roof,

And howling wind drives rain against the pane,

As I from nature's fury stand aloof.


A bolt of lightning turns the night to day,

Its thunder shakes the ground, my home, and heart, 

And pine trees dance as their tops swirl and sway,

As if to say come play, don't stand apart.


A siren's wail says seek a safer place,

Yet beckons me and rain runs down my face.


Robert K. Goddard

December 2018

Copyright Robert Goddard. All rights reserved.

 

The Thunderstorm

  Second place in the Mississippi Poetry          Society 2020 Poetry Competition,                      Category: Storms.

  Published in Mississippi Poetry Journal,             2020 Competition Edition.

  Published in the February 2022 Edition of           the Florida Writer, by the Florida Writers         Association


Unpublished


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Executive Decision

Has not been entered in competition.