Monday, September 11, 2023

Poetry: Heat Lightning


Heat Lightning:

All day, meteorologists promised extreme storms.
Tonight, the atmosphere is grumbling,
clearing its throat, and posturing,
like a featherweight boxer
trying to seem larger and tougher
than he is.

The sky tries to intimidate
but the little flashes of heat lightning
are only entertaining.
I sit on the porch and think
this is my favorite kind of night.
Photo at top: Lightning. Wikimedia Commons photo.

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I am a retired teacher who enjoys the outdoors, especially the Adirondacks. My parents took us camping when we were kids, then we attended 4-H Camp in Speculator (a former CCC camp). As an adult, I served on the Camp board for 8 years. I went to my friend's camp in Bloomingdale (Saranac) for 10 years. We enjoyed cross country skiing, canoeing, fishing, snowshoeing, etc. I still hike, cross country and downhill ski, snowshoe. I bicycle and ride a Harley. I play the organ at a 300 year old church.

4 Responses

  1. Bill D. says:

    Thanks for capturing the magic, Laura.

    That said, the other night around here the atmosphere wasn’t merely “clearing his throat.” Seemed like it had a full blown cold!

  2. Gail Aldous says:

    Laura, I love your personification here. Great ending! I love to watch storms, also.

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