Storm rider

Posted: November 20, 2013 in default

At we are prompted to write about lightning ~ let’s go surfing in the sky!

Here they come.
Just beginning to seep in at the edges.
Spoilers of a cerulean canvas that has lain bare
for weeks.
Clouds staining autumn’s sky,
ink flooding in from one corner.
Not flaky snowy puff balls,
but vanguards of a blue-grey
seething mass.
Unruly. Cresting the ridge.
It’s time to go. At last.
Being grounded for so long has made me edgy.
Strapped in,
a twisting flick of the ankles and I’m up.
Catching those leading smoky tendrils
creeping into the valley.

Now I flow above the river,
matching its twists and turns
Then cutting back into the storm heart
I pick out a thunderhead.
Ride this boiling wildling.
It roars at the retreating sun.
That’s the signal.
A symphony of anger unleashed.
Booming and pounding roils through the sky.
The perfect moment is coming.
Static crackles around me.
Flickering. Power surging.
And there it is. In a flash
I ride a bright sabre as it jags clear
to connect storm and earth.

  1. brian miller says:

    first, i totally started singing the Doors just getting into this…ha. the symphony of anger as well…riding the lightning in the end there is a great touch…

  2. Laurie Kolp says:

    So vivid… & I like your point of view here, Paul.

  3. poem is true to its title… a storm of imagination here… cool adventure

  4. Sumana Roy says:

    retreating sun… the image and ……….fabulous last line……

  5. claudia says:

    wow… there’s just an amazing energy in this

  6. Paul, you propelled into the Marvel mode, into a comics-con moment where your Storm Rider is challenging the Silver Surfer for the Superbolt Derby; great imagery & imagination here; thanks.

  7. Gabriella says:

    I also thought of a super hero while reading your offering Paul, except the world of your Storm Rider is much more poetic.

  8. peggygoetz says:

    I enjoyed this–many vivid images.

  9. Sherry Marr says:

    I love the idea of riding the storm, as opposed to watching it., Cool.

  10. Mary says:

    Paul, I enjoyed this. You made being in a storm an adventure rather than something to be feared!

  11. vandana says:

    Such a lovely response to the prompt and I really like the cerulean canvas:)

  12. Helen Dehner says:

    Lightning ~~~ personified!

  13. Kathe W. says:

    wowee what a ride- love it- especially the last two lines!

  14. Great ride! Can see why there are storm chasers wanting this wild ride excitement!

  15. alan1704 says:

    i can taste the expectancy and the longing, great tension and atmosphere. Excellent.

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