Summer Storms

The thunder with its rumbling tummy has finally been fed,
It is tired after playing catch with lightning across the sky.
Clattering over rooftops of houses and up lanes of towns,
Like a herd of invisible horses hooves trampling the clouds.
Bursting them open with a blinding light of purple haze,
That caused the rain to fall in muted teardrops like a clown.
Touching the hearts of windowpanes and soaking humans,
As curse the games up in the sky for leaving them so wet.
But a sick man from his hospital bed joins in the silent tears,
As his fevered brain calms again and counts his blessings.
In the woodlands trees stretch out their branches so wide,
Hoping to score points by catching the drops to its leaves.
Where as the deserts beg and plead for just one drop to fall,
Like a miracle prayer to someone who lives beyond the sky.
Cows out in fields turn their noses upward silently inhaling,
A perfume that comes after a storm that reassures all is well.
The farmer’s daughter shuts her curtains for the final call,
As the thunder goes to sleep and will play again another day.

© Fi S. J. Brown

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The Storm

Surviving the storms of life can take a lot out of us. For it is not the escaping tunnels that have to be dug but our inner strength and resources. When suddenly one day a storm stops, we find ourselves in an empty street, but uncertain if this just another quick break from the rain before it starts again and need to find shelter quickly or it is truly over. Equally, we are uncertain how we survived the storm, questioning and analysing it in our minds, and all we can see is rubble on the street from a past to which we cannot ever return. The only thing certain is that the storm has made us who we are now and lays the foundations of tomorrow, like the clouds now breaking in the sky above to shine light in the path we must now go. We must remember like all things in life, the storms do pass, even when right now it feels like we’re sheltering from one thunderstorm after another. Do not give up, try chasing rainbows and believe it again.