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Storm's Passage

Updated on June 22, 2014

By: Wayne Brown

The sound of the wind blowing in the tall trees

The swirling flight of windborne dust and leaves

The smell of fresh falling rain riding on the air

In the distance, thunder; a storm lingering there

Birds swoop, bounce and ride wings on the wind

A flash of lightning there and there, time and time again

The cloudy sky darkens into an eerie, colored tint

Smell of falling rain in the nostrils; such a familiar scent

Storm lines form driven upward by Sun’s surface heat

With conflicts growing above where warm and cold air meet

Wind steers the mighty march pushing the storms along

Lightning’s flash; thunder’s rumble; all part of the storm’s song

Wind picks up and the growing storms draw ever so near

Lightning pops and streaks the dark sky, raising our inner fear

The raindrops begin to fall; really large drops so wet and cold

The enormous storm unleashes its fury marching ever so bold

The rain increases steadily; falling in harmonious syncopation

Bathing and soothing all it touches; the nectar of creation

Ditches run full of water; torrents of rain run off roof eaves

The storm is in full crescendo dark clouds hang above the trees

Then it begins to diminish slowly ready to journey on the wind

To move on to another place and unleash its fury once again

And we watch it slowly go taking with it all its rage and violence

Followed by a clear blue sky; the approaching sound of silence

©Copyright WBrown2012. All Rights Reserved.

29 July 2012


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      shruti sheshadri 5 years ago from Bangalore, India

      Beauytiful imagery, a powerful poem. A great read, thank you!

      voted up!

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      Wayne Brown 5 years ago from Texas

      @ImKarn23....Actually, I think that I am still trying to convince myself that I have any real talent. Maybe a runaway bestseller book would accomplish that feat for me. Thanks much...loved the comments. WB

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      Karen Silverman 5 years ago

      i adore - it's electricity and it's unpredictability, but, honestly - when i read your words - all i can think of is 'sexy'! You paint a picture that can be applied...liberally. I think you are hugely talented, Wayne - but yo uknow that!

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      Wayne Brown 5 years ago from Texas

      @Yonder Moon....Thank you. I find that writing about such things as this help me to sharpen my mental ability to paint a picture with words. So glad you liked it. WB

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      Yonder Moon 5 years ago

      Beautiful..some really splendid imagery here

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      Wayne Brown 5 years ago from Texas

      @Genna East...That it is, Genna...that it is and my favorite line in the poem. Thanks much for the read and the good words! WB

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      Genna East 5 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      I liked this very much, Wayne. “The approaching sound of silence” is the lull after the storm. :-) Well done!

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      Wayne Brown 5 years ago from Texas

      @Gypsy Rose Lee...Thanks so very much. So glad you enjoyed it. WB

      @The Frog Prince...I am trying really hard, Jim! LOL! WB

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      The Frog Prince 5 years ago from Arlington, TX

      We need rain! Let it rain! Make it rain!


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      Gypsy Rose Lee 5 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Voted up and awesome. Wonderful poem. Love the passion of thunderstorms and the smell of rain. Love rainbows when it's all over. Beautiful images your words bring. Passing this on.

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      Wayne Brown 5 years ago from Texas

      @Diana Lee....I agree, damage takes the enjoyment out of the experience rather quickly. You were lucky! Thanks much for those kind words. WB

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      Diana L Pierce 5 years ago from Potter County, Pa.

      We had some bad storms come through this area a few days ago. We needed the rain, but it brought a lot of damage with it. I was one of the lucky ones and only lost our phone service.

      Your poem really captures the picture well. You are a true artist, Wayne.

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      Wayne Brown 5 years ago from Texas

      @breakfastpop...I would love to be having one right now. We are headed for 105 today with not a cloud in sight...ah! Texas in August! Thanks much! WB

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      breakfastpop 5 years ago

      Beautifully descriptive piece of writing. We have had our share of storms lately. The last one closed down an entire town because big old trees came out of the ground and crushed cars and homes. Thankfully, there were no injuries. Up and awesome.

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      Wayne Brown 5 years ago from Texas

      @Hyphenbird...I don't know....I just found a couple little dings that I had to repair. Still I am glad that I can bring that momentary enjoyment with a small verse like this. So glad you liked it! WB

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      Brenda Barnes 5 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

      I would love to be like those birds and swoop into the wind. I love the scent of ozone and then that refreshing rain is incredible. Your poem took me to a place in nature and away from this computer for a moment. Thanks Wayne. Your writing is so great.

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      Wayne Brown 5 years ago from Texas

      @RealHousewife...I envy you...I love waking up to the drizzle of the rain and the rumble of thunder. We are burning up down here in Texas right now...every day over 100 and no rain...Thanks for the good words! WB

      @Faith Reaper...Your words reaffirm the level that I wanted to achieve with this verse. Thanks so much. I grew up in the south with violent weather common but I still love the passing of a storm. WB

      @suziecat7...Thanks so much...that is the level that I was striving to reach. Glad you liked it. WB

      @billybuc...Well, I sure try, Bill. That has always been my focus since the first day I came here. I hope that I never let you down. So glad you liked his one. I could use a good dose of that Olympia gentle rain right now. Thanks much! WB

      @writer20...Thanks glad that you liked this one! WB

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      Faith Reaper 5 years ago from southern USA

      Amazing, I could actual smell the storm coming, and it reminds me of the violent ones we have been having in Alabama here lately, especially during the summer. Voted Way Up In His Love, Faith Reaper

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      Joyce Haragsim 5 years ago from Southern Nevada

      Wonderful poem all about a storm which was very interesting.

      Voted up and beautiful.

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      suziecat7 5 years ago from Asheville, NC

      Your poem paints a true picture. I could see and feel the storm. Very nice - thanks.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Wayne, you are just a first-class writer. Few on HubPages can match you for quality every single time out....I am a devoted follower and always will be.

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      Kelly Umphenour 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      Beautiful WB! I woke up to rain this morning and I must say after all the dry weather we have had - it put a smile on my face! So did your poem:)

      Up and all that!