Humming Through A Storm

Lashing water thrashes in whirls

pouring masses of rain flood the

land in front of the house in only

five minutes drowning vision and

senses with sound and light when

suddenly a miniature, dark

silhouetted body speeds out of the

swirling blinding rain on lightning

fast wings weakening, but arriving at my

hanging feeder, drenched, clinging

on the foot rest for ten, fifteen

minutes and I wait with him until the

worst of the wind passes and he spirits

home to tell his story to the family

July at the County Fair Grounds


Wall of lightening-slashed-rain in front of the setting golden sun,

shining yellow from behind the wet sheets

Other rain walls with continuous stabs of quiet electricity to the north

Three very large southern walls of rain, looming high

Between the walls, brilliantly shaped white clouds: rolling piles, lumps, and smooth spreads

Sun light bursts through in glorious evening tints and blue evening sky

Strong smell of rain against dry earth

I didn’t have my camera