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Prairie Storms

Updated on November 4, 2014

By: Wayne Brown

Percolating like coffee in the late afternoon summer heat

Boiling, shaping, forming, rising up in the sky 60,000 feet

First a bright burning white color, then a sinister dark form

Dancing out across the prairie, a west Texas thunderstorm


Lightning blazes in its tops and the thunder rumbles forth

They’ve come up from the Gulf and worked their way north

The crack of thunder in a dead silence signals they are here

These giants send forth their message and fill hearts with fear


That distinctive smell of wet dust washed out from the wind

Always seems to linger just before the storms begin

Then comes the wind and raging torrents in angled fluid sheets

Reaching down to the ground where rain and dust meets


They seem to fight among themselves each lashing all around

Flashed lightning, spinning wind, hail all upon the ground

The surprising blast of the lightning and low rolling thunder

The drenching rains and flooding waters washing all asunder


The limbs on trees snap like twigs, their tops bend and strain

The road ditches run full of water from the pouring rain

The sky is dark, no sun around, it seems as if it were night

And all the time these mighty giants continue on their fight


Then the rain lets up and begins to stop as the clouds pull away

The sunshine actually comes again with the light of day

And peace returns once again to this little prairie town site

The storms rumble away leaving welcome solitude and quiet



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Thunderstorms & Neon Signs - Wayne Hancock

© 2010 Wayne Brown


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      Wayne Brown 

      8 years ago from Texas

      @samiaali...Thank you very much. I am glad that I can create that imagery for you in words. WB

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      8 years ago

      Wayne Brown, You told the story very vividly. I could feel the storm. Thank you!

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      Wayne Brown 

      8 years ago from Texas

      @Loves To Read...Thank you! In my flying days I navigate around many of them and punch through a few. I have had an up close and personal relationship. Glad you found it capturing the realism of the event! Thanks for the great comments! WB

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      Loves To Read 

      8 years ago

      Lovely poem WB. You have captured the true essence of a late afternoon Summer storm. It is awesome to watch the power of God at work through mother nature. To watch the clouds build and darken over the afternoon sun. The great claps of thunder and the sheets and bolts of lightening lighting up the sky. Then the onslaught of the driving wind and rain. Suddenly it's all over and the sky returns to normal. Great work....

      Gods Blessings.

    • Wayne Brown profile imageAUTHOR

      Wayne Brown 

      8 years ago from Texas

      @epigramman...Hell, I'd settle for seeing my face on a milk carton at this point! LOL! I am so glad that I can create such visions for you with my inspires me to do more and do it better. Thank you so much for the kind words! WB

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      8 years ago

      ..your hubs are hall of famers - each and every one!!!!

      Such a labor of love with your poetic visions and stirling presentations ..... maybe one day they will put your profile face on MOUNT RUSHMORE!

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      Wayne Brown 

      8 years ago from Texas

      @Houa Lor...Great, I was hoping to achieve that feel for someone! Thanks so much for the nice comment! WB

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      Houa Lor 

      8 years ago from Minnesota

      Wow!! Great job! I felt as if I was literally caught in the storm. Nice!

    • Wayne Brown profile imageAUTHOR

      Wayne Brown 

      8 years ago from Texas

      @dallas93444..So glad I could create a visual imagery for you. I could not be happier with that outcome! Thanks for the read and the comments. WB

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      Dallas W Thompson 

      8 years ago from Bakersfield, CA

      Your large, "broad-brush" paints the scene as your word-smith details are painted with a fine detail brush of "reality."

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      Wayne Brown 

      8 years ago from Texas

      @saddlerider1...Thanks much, Ken. I know you have seen these monsters in your travels and experienced their might. For all their threatening nature, I find myself drawn to them to witness their beauty and strength. When I lived in West Texas, I marveled at their march across the open lands. The size of the land actually overwhelmed them...a beautiful sight. Thanks much for the good words! WB

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      8 years ago

      I could feel the might of the storm, trees bending in the wind and fields being drenched and fed at the same time to shoot forth life from seedlings. The storm flexes it's muscles and twists and shapes as mother nature shows us how vulnerable we all are under it's might.

      I to could smell the rain and dust mixed together as it sweeps everything beneath its power. Great poem Wayne it made me grateful to be alive to experience this wonder.

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      Wayne Brown 

      8 years ago from Texas

      @Peggy W...Thank you, glad to see you coming by. I am really glad that I could create those images for you. WB

      @Bpop...Well, I do stay at the Holiday Inn Express! LOL Thanks, Poppy! WB

      @susziecat7...Yes they are towering monsters least up there you've got a few feet on them! Glad you enjoyed the visuals! WB

      @Pamela99...Good, then I create exactly what I hoped that I would! Thanks much! WB

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      Pamela Oglesby 

      8 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Wayne, This poem was fantastic. I felt like I was there observing and experiencing the storm.

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      8 years ago from Asheville, NC

      What a great poem. I couldn't help but think how different your storms sound there (yes, your picture was that clear) and how they sound here in the mountains. Loved this.

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      8 years ago

      I honestly feel like I experienced this storm. The picture was the crowning touch. You are the best at what you do, fiction, poetry, political discourse. Is there anything you can't do?

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      Peggy Woods 

      8 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Wonderfully written. One could almost smell the dust, imagine the lashing of the rain, and see the sun coming out again on the other side of the passing storm.

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      Wayne Brown 

      8 years ago from Texas

      @valeriebelew...Thanks much Val...I am glad to inspire you to want to see it! WB

      @Tom Whitworth...Thanks Tom, I was really hoping that I could! WB

      @ahorseback...Glad I could accomodate you. Thankds for your comments! WB

      @SilverGenes...I love th smell of dust on the wind that presides a's such a welcome and familiar smell. Glad you like this one! WB

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      8 years ago

      You've captured it so nicely "The limbs on trees snap like twigs, their tops bend and strain - The road ditches run full of water from the pouring rain". I can smell the mud and water.

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      8 years ago

      Hey Wayneonce again you make me wan to be "west"the magic of the desert!

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      Tom Whitworth 

      8 years ago from Moundsville, WV

      Great hub Wayne as you paint a picture with your verse.

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      8 years ago from Metro Atlanta, GA, USA

      Nice. Makes me want to go there. (:v

    • Wayne Brown profile imageAUTHOR

      Wayne Brown 

      8 years ago from Texas

      @Bloget...Yes, and you got to it quickly I might add. I don't think the ink is dry on this one yet. Glad that I could take you to that experience with this one. Thanks for stopping by and thanks much for the comment! WB

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      8 years ago from Minnesota

      WOW! I feel like I just experienced a prairie storm. ;-) Nice


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