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Southern Summer Storms

Updated on January 24, 2017
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When Theresa writes poetry, the inspiration comes from her or her family's true life experiences, which results in dramatic poetry.

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Violent Rainstorms of Summer


Unexpectedly, large raindrops fall, slapping her face,


As though the tongue of a Labrador would against its owner’s face.


Yes, the heat of the summer in the south inevitably produces


Violent rainstorms emerging with such intensity,


Then vanishing just as suddenly as they had appeared;


Resulting in steamy vapors rising low and ghostly


Out of the city’s sewers and from the asphalt itself.


The whole city seemingly playing the backdrop of a horror film,


Or even the stage of a huge rock concert.


Expeditiously, the heat regains it authority.


Come, do these violent rainstorms,


cooling things off a bit!


© Copyright Faith Reaper April 28, 2012 (All rights reserved.)


Thunderstorm Over the Brunswick River

File: Thunderstorm over the Brunswick River.jpg  Author Alan Cressler from Decatur, Georgia USA  30 July 2007
File: Thunderstorm over the Brunswick River.jpg Author Alan Cressler from Decatur, Georgia USA 30 July 2007 | Source
File: Approaching rain line with a thunderstorm - NOAA
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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Missy,

      Thank you for stopping by my side of HP Town and digging this one up. It is still literally pouring down rain here on the south side : ) ...I'm glad you found this poem interesting. Yes, it get so hot and humid here it causes violent rainstorms with fierce lightening. It is always fun to try to drive on the Interstate home for my hour commute in such intense storms ... the road are so hot that the rain hitting them just causes steamy vapors to rise up.

      I'm glad you enjoyed the songs too, although they are romantic songs about rain and not about violent rain storms ...

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      Missy Smith 2 years ago from Florida

      What an interesting poem Faith, some very good visual cues. The songs are engaging too. I haven't ever heard those songs before. nice. :)

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      Hi dearest friend,

      Thank you so much for the great comments . . . which add much to this poem. I would love to have a tin roof and listen to the rain falling on it. My dog thinks the lightning and thunder are attacking us, so she has to attack back by ferociously barking at it. LOL You have given a great descriptive comment here, just like the writer you are no doubt!

      I appreciate you so much.

      Angels your way too. God bless. In His Love, Faith Reaper

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      Patricia Scott 4 years ago from sunny Florida

      Good morning...

      These storms are so common in Florida and I also experienced them living in Georgia but not with such frequency and intensity as I do here. It will be a lovely day and suddenly a storm brews and bam, the thunder rattles the windows after swords of lighting explode above. I must admit though I love to watch heat lightning, don't you??? The best ones are after dark when the fireworks light up the sky. Wow.

      And the rain that comes from the storms is always welcome...love love to hear it hitting the roof and the windows. In a few years I will need to replace my roof on my tiny house and I have decided it will be tin. I love the sound of rain on tin.

      thanks for this, Faith, I so enjoyed it...

      Sending Angels to you this ninth day of our new year.

      Your sister in Christ :) ps

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      Faith Reaper 5 years ago from southern USA

      Hello Jackie - So nice to see you here for a visit. I am glad it reminded you of your dad and his love to fish. Gentle rains can make one feel melancholy at times or bring back certain memories, as you have shared here. Now, these violent downpours are a bit scary. But when they come, they are so sudden and then they are gone as fast as they have come. I have been a bit busy in life other than HP, so I have not been on here as much. I appreciate you. God bless. In His Love, Faith Reaper

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      Jackie Lynnley 5 years ago from The Beautiful South

      It is easy to read a lot into some of these storms when they scare us really bad and most we do worry about for naught! Rain has been playing in my thoughts today, this reminding me of my departed dad and his fishing days. Nice memories. Thank you.

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      Faith Reaper 5 years ago from southern USA

      Hello Don Bobbitt - Thank you so much for your visit here today. Please stop by again. Oh, I love that old song by Lovin' Spponful, and it sure does, now that you have mentioned that song. Thanks again for the lovely comments. In His Love, Faith Reaper

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      Don Bobbitt 5 years ago from Ruskin Florida

      Very Good!, I really enjoyed it.

      Made me go to YouTube and play the old song by Lovin' Spoonful, Hit Time, Summer in the City.

      Thanks for the poem!

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      Faith Reaper 5 years ago from southern USA

      Hello Happyboomernurse - I am so glad for your visit! Thanks so much for the lovely comments. Yes, the cooling part is the best. God bless. In His Love, Faith Reaper

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      Faith Reaper 5 years ago from southern USA

      Hi CloudExplorer - So glad to see you here stopping by to visit. Yes, I have been caught in many of those torrential downpours and it just reminded me of when my lab would come up to me and lick me all over my face, - slapping me with that big tongue! LOL Yes, that was a bit of a twist at the end. My thinking--- when sudden downpours just come down from the skies with such intensity (I mean they are fierce here) , it just makes me think (metaphorically) that it may just need to wash away some of the filth in this world back down into the sewers, where it needs to be. I appreciate your comments and for sharing. God bless. In His Love, Faith Reaper

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      Gail Sobotkin 5 years ago from South Carolina

      Beautiful poem about nature's intensity for heat, wind, storms and cooling.

      Voted up across the board except for funny.

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      Mike Pugh 5 years ago from New York City

      This poem was fun to read, I loved the smacking of the face LOL, and the ending was quite bizarre, but well worth reading indeed. Thumbs up Faith, and your heating up on hubpages for sure. I'm Sharing this one too.

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      Faith Reaper 5 years ago from southern USA

      stars439, thank you for reading and the sweet comments. In His Love, Faith Reaper

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      stars439 5 years ago from Louisiana, The Magnolia and Pelican State.

      Very nice work, and quite remarkable dear heart. God Bless You.

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      Faith Reaper 5 years ago from southern USA

      @ tobusiness Thank you for reading and leaving great comments. In His Love, Faith Reaper

      @ Michele, Thank your for the lovely comments and for reading. In His Love, Faith Reaper

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      Michele Travis 5 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio

      Another very beautiful poem. Thanks again. Voted up!

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 5 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      Love the poem, it is just as I imagine life down south, hot, wet and steaming with the ladies furiously fanning themselves to keep their cool.

      Over here, it has been raining for two days solid but we still have a hose pipe ban. Apparently not enough rain during the winter months. Every cloud, as the saying goes...

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      Faith Reaper 5 years ago from southern USA

      @Pamela, thank you for reading and for the wonderful comments. God bless, Faith Reaper

      @Debbie, Thank you so much for the lovely comments. Yes, they do bring the flowers, and I think it is time for a little rain now, as I just came back in from watering my flowers. One Hydrangea plant was looking a little sad. In His Love, Faith Reaper

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 5 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      Fantastic poem I love this..I love those showers that brings our flowers

      Voted up

      Debbie

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      Pamela Oglesby 5 years ago from United States

      Excellent poem and I wish we would have a good rain! I loved the pictures along with your words. Up and awesome. God bless.

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      Faith Reaper 5 years ago

      wetnosedogs, yes we do indeed!!! I love your hub name. In His Love, Faith Reaper

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      wetnosedogs 5 years ago from Alabama

      Great poem. We surely do get those summer rain bursts.

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      Faith Reaper 5 years ago from southern USA

      kashmir56, thank you for reading and enjoying. In His Love, Faith Reaper

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      Thomas Silvia 5 years ago from Massachusetts

      A very enjoyable read and loved all the photos as well !

      Vote up and more !!!

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      Faith Reaper 5 years ago from southern USA

      Cyndi, Amen on that one for sure! There is no denying that, as the April 27th tornadoes of last year were horrific and devasting. I was going to right something about all of that, as a day of remembrance, but I waited a day or two late. Thank you for reading and commenting. In His Love, Faith Reaper

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      Cynthia B Turner 5 years ago from Georgia

      Hello Faith, I can appreciate your beautiful poetry, but I don't like our violent, Southern storms, especially lately. The summer storms I can tolerate, but those spring storms are just plain scary these days. Poem - A+, Storms - F. LOL.

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      Faith Reaper 5 years ago from southern USA

      Thanks teaches 12345 for reading and commenting. In His Love, Faith Reaper

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      We are getting some pretty heavy spring storms today in South Florida, so as I read your poem, the special effects are giving it real meaning. Great view on the summer storm activity. Thanks for sharing.

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      Faith Reaper 5 years ago

      Thanks, Gypsy Rose Lee, yes, when it gets that hot and those fierce rains suddenly come and then go, it is a relief for sure. I love it too, just falling down on me, especially in the garden as you described! Thank you for the encouraging comments. In His Love, Faith Reaper

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 5 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Voted up and awesome. Actually I love steamy summers and refreshing rainfall. Unfortunately we rarely get really hot summers here and when there are a handful of hot days and the rains come you find me letting the rain fall down on me out in the garden.

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      Faith Reaper 5 years ago from southern USA

      It's late, of course, wonderful comments

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      Faith Reaper 5 years ago from southern USA

      lord, thank you for the wonderfu comments and, yes, it is that bad here when it rains. In His Love, Faith Reaper

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      Joseph De Cross 5 years ago

      Splashing inspiration! Soaking wet words that pour from our mind. Great piece Faith! Hope is not that bad in Alabama when it rains. Glad to see you around again my friend.