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The stormy skies - a poem in pictures

Updated on April 3, 2012

The stormy skies

I took a day off from work and rode a bike through my city. The scene was one of peace and beauty and then, within minutes as I was watching, the storm clouds gathered and the scene changed form one of quiet peace to angry skies and portents of storm. The wind whistled and howled. It shook the tress violently and almost instantly there was thunder and lightning and the noon changed to night. It was surreal, I just stood as a mute witness to the wrath of heaven and mercy flooding down. The pictures that I captured had a story of their own. I stood amazed! Even in her fury, nature could not be anything but beautiful. Her expressions captured my heart and soul. It almost seemed like healing rain was falling down! Join me in appreciating the fast changing scenes of the stormy skies!

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The stormy skies All pictures belong to the author and may not be used without permission

The Stormy skies


The sky looked angry,
and changed colors so swiftly,
the sun seemed to hide,
behind dark clouds even at noontide!
The portents in skies,
Weren't merely lies,
Blustering wind fiercely blowing,
intent on seeing tears flowing,
Dust and muck it has blown up,
layering the flowers with its gloomy build up,
until the tears from heaven start drizzling down,
just enough to bring out a frown,
content with its awe inspiring spell,
the wind calms down and all is seemingly well!
The eerie stillness and unearthly calm,
just for a moment before it is gone,
the whistling of winds, the thundering noise,
lightnings now the skies deploys,
their weapons aimed,
to tame and maim,
the earthly peace which momentarily reigned,
sodden with rain,
head hanging in shame,
the trees bear it all,
letting the glorious flowers fall!
The battle prolongs,
and the day belongs,
to the wrath of heaven!
Mercy showers have fallen,
trees proudly preen,
in mantles green,
who won? who lost?
at what cost ?
a mystery still,
maybe, just a ephemeral thrill!

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      shimmering Dawn 5 years ago

      I love storms too.... the angry skies aren't nearly as beautiful as the peaceful skies... I love the calm... that comes after the storm... the ravaged world stand a mute, passive testimony to the rage that was spent.. Life is like that isn't it? Thanks sweethearts2 for stopping by. Peace and love :)

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      sweethearts2 5 years ago from Northwest Indiana

      I love to watch the coming of storms, it is like an opus of nature and now you have put the words to the composition. Your last picture is captivating

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      shimmering Dawn 5 years ago

      Raci, thank you for such a compliment. I am glad that you see beyond the pictures.. thank you. Have a blessed day! Peace.

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      raciniwa 5 years ago from Naga City, Cebu

      you always amaze me with your knack for likening human experience of that to nature...great observation Shim...

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      shimmering Dawn 5 years ago

      Thank you Audrey. I was fascinated by the rapid changes in the sky and enjoyed taking these pictures. Glad you liked them too. Have a Blessed day! Peace...

      I am lagging behind in my commitment to one poem a day for this month .. hope to catch up soon..

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Wonderful photos to go with a stormy sky! Love this!

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      shimmering Dawn 5 years ago

      Minnetonka Twin, thanks for visit and the comment. LOL I agree storms are safe as long as you are in a safe place.. I had to run for cover... when the storm clouds gathered that day! Have a blessed day!

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      shimmering Dawn 5 years ago

      AE,Thank you for enjoying the pictures and the poem. I wish i could join you on your rides.. would that be nice to ride side by side and enjoy the peace, the quiet and the beauty. Have a blessed day!

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      Linda Rogers 5 years ago from Minnesota

      What a wonderful peek into the stormy skies with poetry and photo's. I find healing and peace in storms too just as long as I'm in a safe place.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 5 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Wow, Your photos are spectacular and your poetry is beautiful. You mentioned riding your bike, i just got mine out of the shed yesterday. I made a promise that i would leave this computer and ride daily. I still have that to do today..Cheers my friend...

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      shimmering Dawn 5 years ago

      Debbie, That is a lovely comment. You are so kind, thanks for you words and votes. Have a blessed day. Peace.

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      shimmering Dawn 5 years ago

      Marcy, welcome to my little space and it is often peaceful here, but you caught it on a stormy day. Thank you for the comment. Have a blessed day. Peace.

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      shimmering Dawn 5 years ago

      Billybuc, Oh yeah, they are spectacular. Where I live it happens often in summer and it is summer here now... as the heat rises storms like these are common but each one is so different in its fury and beauty. Thanks for that lovely comment. Have a blessed day. Peace.

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      shimmering Dawn 5 years ago

      Frank, Thank you for your kind words sir. Have a blessed day. Peace.

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      shimmering Dawn 5 years ago

      Eddy thank you for stopping by. Have a blessed day! Peace.

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 5 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      wow dawn I felt I was there ...what a great vivid poem and wonderful pictures. I love your poem..

      Voted way up

      Debbie

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      Marcy Goodfleisch 5 years ago from Planet Earth

      Very lovely thoughts here - and stunning photos!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Those sudden storms are spectacular, are they not? We don't see them often here in Washington but I've been in some doozies in the Midwest and they leave me in awe. Great poem and you are growing as a writer right before our very eyes.

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      Frank Atanacio 5 years ago from Shelton

      shim-dawn you just get better.. bless you..

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      Eiddwen 5 years ago from Wales

      Great words and pictures and here's to so many more to share on here.

      Take care nad ah a wonderful day .

      Eddy.