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My Friend, Lightning

Updated on August 4, 2016
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Kenneth has been a member of HubPages for five years. He is retired from a 23-year career in the weekly newspaper business.

Image from page  1723 of Electric  Railway Journal 1908
Image from page 1723 of Electric Railway Journal 1908 | Source

If by random move my ally darkness speaks
My envious friend, the lightning rings among the peaks.
I only crave a few words or maybe a look from darkness' face
But lightning boldly speaks and flashes over my race.

Holly Hawks scent entice an old guitar' in my past
A love so lost; a love so cast; a love shattering to last.
A Monarch butterfly spits silently on my sighs
As lighting drives out darkness with saddest eyes.

I say, lightning my bold and revered friend
Why appear so quickly a fearful message you send?
The raindrop you ne'er touch or bother the worm
Yet you cause mortals to scream, murder and squirm.

You, my obtuse friend, I cannot see my steps
Unless you shine your scowl upon dreaded bridges deaf.
I am but an infantile soul weak, helpless in waters deep
Longing to laugh with darkness and love a lover's weep.

You always break stones, boulders, and hills so great
You rent the stones while darkness covered Jesus' wake.
And then went silent ne'er seen for moments to count
Suddenly His tomb shook and you stood on your mount.

So darkness in deceptive masks he wears
Whispers an alliance to me with resentive tears.
No sailing ships are out of your reach
The clouds, the captains grope for a master to teach.

And lightning, you haven't but one name
I shall not cry, bicker or secretly complain.
You flash your dash and thunder in hand
Ruling the darkness, the animals, the land.

My obtuse friend, lightning
My obtuse friend, lightning | Source

© 2016 Kenneth Avery


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      Kenneth Avery 

      2 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Hello, bravewarrior,

      Thank you so much for not only commenting on this hub, but sharing one of my favorite things: lightning, thunder and a slow rain.

      I respect their strength and who made them, but I cannot make myself stop my love for them.

      Write me anytime you like.

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      Shauna L Bowling 

      2 years ago from Central Florida

      Awesome, Kenneth. I think heat lightning shows are cool. They mostly just scatter around the sky and don't hit ground. But thunder and lightning, along with wind and rain are treacherous.

    • kenneth avery profile imageAUTHOR

      Kenneth Avery 

      2 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Hey, faith-love-hope,

      Thank you so very much for the nice and supportive comment.

      I left out a line that says, "watching My Creator walk His dirt playing with lightning bolts as a child with a stuffed toy," because one, HE DID have that power and still does. I was afraid that the religious in name only would start a petition to get me booted from HP.

      I am weak sometimes.

      Write anytime.

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      John Ward 

      2 years ago from Richmond, British Columbia, Canada.

      Beautiful piece. Well written. New way to view Lightning. loved it.

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      Kenneth Avery 

      2 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      DreamerMeg, my Dear Friend in Northern Ireland

      Thank you so much and that is from my heart. FYI my ancestors originated in Ireland. I just wish I knew which section.

      I sincerely appreciate your input on my pieces. Without YOU, how would I know what my followers like or do not like.

      I bid you Much Peace today and throughout the week.

      Write me anytime.


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      2 years ago from Northern Ireland

      That's some very powerful poetry and interesting points.


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