Stormy weather

Donner und Blitzen

All day
It’s been building up to this.
Now impatient Lightning,
Weary of waiting,
Runs on ahead
A million miles
While the lumbering laggard Thunder
Is still lacing up his boots.

You can try
To drown out the old tales
With talk of vapour, latent heat
Charged particles and ions;
Facts and equations all laid out
In quick, brilliant strokes
Across a blackboard sky.

But when the stuffed and swollen night
Bursts and splits
Zeus still rages round his realm;
Jupiter hurls the blazing bolts
That Vulcan forged for him;
Red-bearded Thor takes another ride
Swinging Mjöllnir in one mighty fist
Smiting the Jotun at Asgard’s gates and
Warming the earth
With sparks struck from the mountain-tops.
And God decides the sofa
Would look better over there.

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8 thoughts on “Stormy weather

  1. Hi David – as you can probably tell, I’ve been reading Tolkien (yet again) and had all kinds of mythological images and figures jostling around in my head. The Gotterdammerung stoked up by the heatwave seemed the ideal opportunity to let them out to play! So pleased you enjoyed it – a laugh-out-loud is the best compliment you could possibly pay me. Thank you, my friend; enjoy your day.

    • Thank you, John, for your comment, and for stopping by – I’ve really enjoyed discovering your blog today. My mother-in-law lives in the far west of Wales, and I can tell you it’s a fair ways by road; about six hours from Sussex, which is in the south-east of England. But since the scenery is magnificent, and her cooking is superb, we make the trip as often as we can! Looking forward to reading more of your work; I’ve added you to my blogroll with that in mind 🙂

  2. I like this one a lot – clever, intelligent, with expertly placed humour. If someone asked me to describe you I would probably use this poem! It conjures up the elemental drama perfectly and I shall think of this whenever we have a thunderstorm.

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