I have always enjoyed the beauty of summer storms. They cool the earth, they quench its thirst and provide brilliant lightning shows.
I wrote this poem one summer at my parents' old house where they live high up on a mountain range in southeast Queensland. I sat on their front porch listening to the rain falling on the tin roof with my notebook in hand.
When there is no summer storm, there's a magnificent view from their house on clear days. Perched on the edge of an ancient volcanic caldera, you can see to the ocean about 30 kilometres away and beyond. No wonder it's called the Scenic Rim.
A Summer Storm | Poem
Grey sky looms
Above the bleak power lines
That swing like the delicate
Strands of a spider web
Caught in a summer storm.
The wind blows
Treetops bend like court couriers
That wave to and fro
As if a sea's surf has come
Barreling o'er the shore.
Cars scuttle passed
On the wet road like soldier crabs
Too busy to stop
To feel the storm's fury
Upon their brittle shells.
Slanting rain falls
On oil sleek roads creating new streams
To rise beside the bitumen
Which if left well alone
Will become another riverbed.
An ant scurries
Over wet cement to find its nest
As gurgling sounds of water rush down
Gutter pipes and into rising reservoirs
Of H2O beneath the soggy windswept land.
Originally penned December 2010.
© 2011 Tina Dubinsky
Tina Dubinsky (author) from Brisbane, Australia on August 11, 2014:
Thanks Audrey, I'm glad you enjoyed it.
Audrey Howitt from California on August 11, 2014:
This is lovely!!
Tina Dubinsky (author) from Brisbane, Australia on January 13, 2011:
Sligobay & Epigramman, Thank you both for your thoughts! I really enjoyed writing that poem and visualizing each of the metaphors. It was a beautiful day to say the least but as Epigramman has highlighted the rain unfortunately has contributed to the disasters that have struck south-east Queensland in the last week. Thankfully the suburb of Brisbane where I live is not near the Brisbane river and we've only seen a little excess water. We're about 15 minutes drive away from the Brisbane river. The building in which I use to work (2004-2009) though was completely underwater (over its roof) yesterday morning. And to think just over a year ago we were on level 5 water restrictions due to a drought.
epigramman on January 13, 2011:
...I sincerely hope all is well for you and your family and your fellow Australians in lieu of these devastating floods in the past weeks ......and thanks for your shout out at my humble Canadian hub - hope to see you again and please stay well and keep thinking happy thoughts!!
sligobay from east of the equator on January 13, 2011:
I love the cars as crabs metaphor. It is so original! Great capture of a rainstorm giving modern technology the attributes of animals. Power line spider webs is a first for me. Cheers.