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Lightning from my fingertips

Updated on July 3, 2013
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Tonight I beheld the lightning

rending the night sky

like a neon razor blade

slicing through blue velvet.

Enveloped by thunderheads

of bulbous bodies

like unto a giant Man o War

pulsing through a black ocean

the bolts, like glowing sword tips,

penetrate through gaps of cumulus

in explosions of white, deep purple

and the residual coral pink

of a sleeping sun.

I am so small…

standing here observing

a warring of gods

elemental gods

thunder gods.

Oh, and the grandeur,

how can they not be gods?

And yet

did they not originate from me?

Are not the hues

woven into that tapestry

created by my eye?

Was it not the condensation

of my tears

that nourished that parched cloud?

Was it not the spark

from my fingertip

that energized that

blazing fork in the heavens?

Am I not them,

and they me?

Perhaps “The Carpenter” was correct

when he said,

“I and my Father are one”

And so then

from these Titans viewpoints

do they observe me

and perceive themselves small?

Extending my arms

I put the fingers

of both my hands together

forming a circle and realize

that the giants in the sky

fit nicely in the center.

Such small, angry gods.

I pray they stop their bickering

lest one day I stop feeding them

my tears and life’s spark

and starved

the hungry gods will become

no more than faded yellow highlights

in the back pages

of an old man's memory.



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      shanmarie 18 months ago

      It's hard to stay away from HP for too long! Too many wonderful people to interact with.

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      Wayne Barrett 18 months ago from Clearwater Florida

      ChitrangadaSharan, thank you so much for the lovely compliment.

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      Wayne Barrett 18 months ago from Clearwater Florida

      Shannon, even though I see you on FB here and there it is nice to see you here. Brings back old memories. I have often considered returning my attention to HP. With beautiful thoughts from beautiful people like you swelling my head with pride it is tempting.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 19 months ago from New Delhi, India

      Beautifully expressed and what wonderful lines, "----like a neon razor blade--- slicing through blue velvet."

      You are so good at weaving of words into a fine poem. I enjoy to see the lightning and your description of lightning is magnificent.

      Thank you for sharing!

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      shanmarie 19 months ago

      Holy wow! How did I miss this one when you published it? I'm so glad it was still here for me to read. Powerful, beautiful, breath-taking. . . can't properly describe my impression of this piece. Simply brilliant! Gonna share it in case others missed its greatness the first time around.

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      Kari Shinal 3 years ago from Fayetteville, NC

      I loved this. It really painted a picture in my mind. Something so brutally awesome as natures brilliant light shows and the realization that we are connected to it. Well said. Thank You!

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      Wayne Barrett 4 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Theresa, I appreciate the nice feedback.

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      Theresa Ast 4 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      Wayne - This is quite wonderful. I was captivated from the lines "like a neon razor blade // slicing through blue velvet." What a terrific metaphor.

      The transposition of gods or man from large to small is mesmerizing. There ares several types of philosophy which address this. :) This was like poetry, philosophy and science all at once ... excellent. Theresa

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      Wayne Barrett 4 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Thank you very much, Lurana.

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      Lurana Brown 4 years ago from Chicagoland, Illinois

      Magnificent and profound. I love this one. ~Lurana

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      Cat 4 years ago from New York

      Ha ha! Trust me... there were moments I felt like I was there! lol... Good to be home, good to be home! :D

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      Wayne Barrett 4 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Thank you Cat. Thought maybe you had gone to Nantucket. :-)

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      Cat 4 years ago from New York

      Wayne, what on Earth do you eat for breakfast? Gee... always impressed! There were some days over the weekend that this would've been perfect for... anxiously anticipating the next storm! :D

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      Wayne Barrett 4 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Thank you, Deb.

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      Deb Hirt 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Ah, the violence and the raging storm can be quelled by the peace within the soul...as usual, a fine piece of fanfare.

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      Wayne Barrett 4 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Leslie, If I put on my wife's pink slippers and scuff my feet hard enough across the carpet, I can work up a hell of a spark! : )

      Thank you dear for gracing my page.

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      Karen Silverman 4 years ago

      You do have a storm warring inside of you, don't you Wayne? The lightning that comes from your fingertips does not only connect with the universe - it connects with your readers as well!

      just awesome, my friend..

      sharing on

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      Wayne Barrett 4 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Thank you, Rasma. And yes, they are very exciting here in Florida.

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      Wayne Barrett 4 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Thank you, LaDena.

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 4 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Voted up and beautiful. Love the imagery. Storm can be exciting. Enjoyed.

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      Wayne Barrett 4 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Thank you cleaner. Hope your having a good fourth.

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      Wayne Barrett 4 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Thank you Sha. Yes we definitely get a show here in the lightning capitol of the US.

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      LaDena Campbell 4 years ago from Somewhere Over The Rainbow - Near Oz...

      Beautiful...I could see the lightning storm as I read this!

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      Wayne Barrett 4 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      thank you, jabelufiroz.

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      Wayne Barrett 4 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Thank you Faith. Have a happy fourth!

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      cleaner3 4 years ago from Pueblo, Colorado

      Wayne .. this is great . very vivid imagery contrasted with reflection of individual self awareness.. I could almost hear the rumbling...!

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      epigramman 4 years ago

      Happy fourth of July Sir Wayne from Colin and his cat crew at lake erie time ontario canada 10:35am

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      Wayne Barrett 4 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Beth, don't throw your keyboard; their not as tough as pens.

      And kiddo, believe me, you have a great gift yourself. Keep nurturing it, because it will explode pretty soon.

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      Wayne Barrett 4 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Good to see you Bill. I appreciate the compliment.

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      Shauna L Bowling 4 years ago from Central Florida

      Lightening, though treacherous, puts on a beautiful show. We have heat lightening here in Florida. Those are really cool to watch.

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      Rosemary Amrhein 4 years ago from Boston, MA

      Vivid imagery, I love the picture as well!

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      Firoz 4 years ago from India

      Great poetry WAYNE BARRETT.

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      Whew, Wayne,

      Yes, the intensity of nature.

      Brilliant poetry here.

      Voted up ++

      Bless you, Faith Reaper

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      Wayne Barrett 4 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Thank you very much Kathryn.

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      bizarrett81 4 years ago from Maine

      "Are not the hues

      woven into that tapestry

      created by my eye?"

      Ah, the magic of our biology in beautiful prose.

      Such wonderful poetry, you leave me feeling as if I should just toss my pen down in defeat.

      But who am I kidding?

      I don't use a pen ; )

      Love it, Dad, as always. Voted up and awesome

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      Wayne Barrett 4 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      'Search me" Lol. Very good Sir. As always, I appreciate the visit and the kind epi compliments. Thank you.

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      Wayne Barrett 4 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Thank you Liz. We certainly get some light shows here, don't we?

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I am awe-struck at this moment. If there has ever been a better description of a storm I'd love to read it. Simply beautiful, Wayne!

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      Kathryn 4 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      This is beautiful! I love lightning, and hearing your description of it is magnificent. Thank you for sharing this with us, and have a wonderful night!

      ~ Kathryn

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      epigramman 4 years ago

      Gee Sir Wayne I had to go to Google and look up some of these and words and Google just shrugged its shoulders and said " Search me ?" lol

      But I always try to learn a new word each day and believe me I learn many from you.

      I often think the lightning comes from your golden fingertips in the way you write.

      I love too the narrative quality of your work and the fact that you always surprise me with an endless stream of eclectic classics which makes you one of the very top writers/poets at the Hub or anywhere else for that matter. Please say hello to your family for me and sending you warm wishes for a safe, happy and joyous July 4th from Colin, Tiffy and Gabriel who had our Canada day on Monday

      lake erie time 6:33pm

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      Liz Davis 4 years ago from Hudson, FL

      I know what inspired you to write this one! lol

      Beautiful and thought-provoking, as always. Thank you!