A Summer Storm - Poem

Poem's Background

I have always enjoyed the beauty of summer storms. They cool the earth, they quench its thirst and provide brilliant lightning shows.

I wrote this poem over our Christmas break up at my Parents house at Flaxton in Queensland, where they live high in the mountain range. I sat on their front porch, listening to the rain falling on the tin roof with my notebook in hand.

A Summer Storm | Poem

Grey sky looms
Above the bleak power lines
That swing like the delicate
Strands of a spider web
Caught in a summer storm.

The wind blows
Treetops bend like court couriers
That wave to and fro
As if a sea's surf has come
Barreling o'er the shore.

Cars scuttle passed
On the wet road like soldier crabs
Too busy to stop
To feel the storm's fury
Upon their brittle shells.

Slanting rain falls
On oil sleek roads creating new streams
To rise beside the bitumen
Which if left well alone
Will become another riverbed.

An ant scurries
Over wet cement to find its nest
As gurgling sounds of water rush down
Gutter pipes and into rising reservoirs
Of H2O beneath the soggy windswept land.


© Tinsky | December 2010

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sligobay 5 years ago from east of the equator

I love the cars as crabs metaphor. It is so original! Great capture of a rainstorm giving modern technology the attributes of animals. Power line spider webs is a first for me. Cheers.


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epigramman 5 years ago

...I sincerely hope all is well for you and your family and your fellow Australians in lieu of these devastating floods in the past weeks ......and thanks for your shout out at my humble Canadian hub - hope to see you again and please stay well and keep thinking happy thoughts!!


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Tinsky 5 years ago from Brisbane, Australia Author

Sligobay & Epigramman, Thank you both for your thoughts! I really enjoyed writing that poem and visualizing each of the metaphors. It was a beautiful day to say the least but as Epigramman has highlighted the rain unfortunately has contributed to the disasters that have struck south-east Queensland in the last week. Thankfully the suburb of Brisbane where I live is not near the Brisbane river and we've only seen a little excess water. We're about 15 minutes drive away from the Brisbane river. The building in which I use to work (2004-2009) though was completely underwater (over its roof) yesterday morning. And to think just over a year ago we were on level 5 water restrictions due to a drought.


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AudreyHowitt 2 years ago from California

This is lovely!!


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Tinsky 2 years ago from Brisbane, Australia Author

Thanks Audrey, I'm glad you enjoyed it.

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    Tina's passion for creative writing and fictional worlds began in her teens. 30 years later she is completing a Master of Arts (Writing).


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