Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Lightning Strikes ― Day 14 of NaPoWriMo 2015

. . When Lightning Strikes

When lightning strikes where should you be,
Under your bed, before the storm?

Dark clouds will warn, vacate your boat
Take cover before lightning strikes

Get out of water, that's not safe
Don't stand beside a window glass

Scary thunder follows the strike
After the light, no help at all

Rain is sure to follow, stay dry
under cover, worst is over

Our troubles can be lightning's strike
Dark clouds will warn, not thunder's claps

Troubles can come before we act 
Big ruckus comes after the strike

People will point, gossip abounds
True friends will stay, comfort in grief

Doctors of kind will be your help
Medicine, shrinks, and lawyers they

Take your meds, follow doctor's say
Lightning is over, peace returns

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At Tuesday, April 14, 2015 1:42:00 PM, Blogger brudberg said...

The passing of a storm.. If we just wait there is an afterwards of being safe.. Maybe there's a lesson there.

At Tuesday, April 14, 2015 2:00:00 PM, Blogger Sanaa Rizvi said...

A really cool poem on Lightening :D

Our troubles can be lightning's strike
Dark clouds will warn, not thunder's claps

This was genius! To make a comparison between our life's troubles affected by a storm that strikes thunder & lightening... dark storm clouds have always been a symbol of trouble & peril :D

Loved it!
Have a great day ahead :)

At Tuesday, April 14, 2015 4:14:00 PM, Blogger Buddah Moskowitz said...

I like the structure of this poem - great advice here, both philosophical and lyrical.

At Tuesday, April 14, 2015 7:34:00 PM, Blogger Other Mary said...

I have always loved thunder storms, Jim. I just love the show. Good write.

At Tuesday, April 14, 2015 8:34:00 PM, Blogger Ella said...

Great ending and it is true, we all have to weather a few storms~ I enjoyed this one, a lot!

At Tuesday, April 14, 2015 8:59:00 PM, Blogger Outlawyer said...

Honestly--hard to know who to trust (or where) when lightning strikes. I think lawyers can be your advocate, for sure (being one) but still, well, be careful! A sweetness here throughout. k.

At Tuesday, April 14, 2015 9:12:00 PM, Blogger Rosemary Nissen-Wade said...

Nicely evoked, both literally and figuratively. (But has 'lightening' with that meaning gone into the dictionary already? It's so very widespread, particularly, it seems, amongst Americans, that if it hasn't I suppose it soon will. Living language and all that. I still prefer 'lightning' - which, oddly enough, you have given it as, once. Was the correct version a typo, lol?)

At Tuesday, April 14, 2015 9:27:00 PM, Blogger Jim said...

I knew that, Rosemary, but I got lost arguing with the Microsoft spell checker. When I had another error it fixed to lightening or else I missed the first choice.
Anyway I pronounced it right for my syllable count. But I knew the proper spelling too, didn't use it.

At Tuesday, April 14, 2015 11:09:00 PM, Blogger Rosemary Nissen-Wade said...

I'm glad you knew that! :) Thanks for not minding me pointing it out. So many people don't seem to know it. Spell checkers do terrible things even to the best of spellers and grammarians.

At Tuesday, April 14, 2015 11:10:00 PM, Blogger Rosemary Nissen-Wade said...

Oh, and yes, pronunciation counts! :)

Love you, Jim, and appreciate your comments on mine.

At Tuesday, April 14, 2015 11:41:00 PM, Blogger Helen said...

I'm also one of those thunder storm lovers ~~~ well maybe the gentle version. Makes for great sleeping, don't you think?

At Wednesday, April 15, 2015 12:55:00 AM, Blogger grapeling said...

I'd like for it to storm and rain here, where it's dry ~

At Wednesday, April 15, 2015 6:59:00 AM, Blogger Gillena Cox said...

yes; nice poem; at the end of the storm a new day, but the honesty of your poems details the gap in between so nicely, ending with that really good last line; i love the rainbow photo too

thanks for dropping in to read mine

much love...

At Wednesday, April 15, 2015 11:33:00 AM, Blogger Marian said...

A tempest... take cover till it passes, then clean up.

At Saturday, April 18, 2015 9:27:00 AM, Blogger Debi Swim said...

I like the comparison of nature's storms to our own life storms. Good advice for either here. Really good, Jim


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