Rozina

Thunder and Lightning

 

Oh oh, here it comes

Spectacular lightning and thunder

I'm safe behind a window

Looking and listening in wonder

 

Staring through the glass

At the tumult going on outside

Waiting for the storm to end

And then I will decide

 

To rake up fallen leaves

Or sweep along the drain

Or cut off broken branches

Tomorrow same again

 

I'd rather take a walk

Along the swollen river

The water rushes by

Its colour polished silver

 

But the weatherman has said

This pattern will go on

For 1 or 2 more weeks

And then it will be gone

 

So welcome rain and thunder

As all of us now know

Your power's getting weaker

And soon you'll have to go.

       * * * * * * * * * *

 

This spectacular photo was taken by my friend Joyce Lai (her IG: jlai_lens) who has kindly shared it with me for my poem. I tried to take a photo of lightning but failed many times. Malaysia has one of the highest number of lightning strikes in the world causing 132 deaths over a 10 year period up to August 2019. Lake Maracaibo (Venezuela) is the lightning capital of the world.

The latest weather forecast for Malaysia predicts a spell of very hot weather coming, lasting until September. Climate change is a probable  factor.

Comments10

  • Saxon Crow

    Spectacular photograph and a brilliant poem about my favourite weather

    • Rozina

      Thank you. My friend Joyce took it from her apartment. I am on flat ground but every time I kept missing the shot, so many times.

      • Saxon Crow

        Lol
        You're much better than I am because I would never try

      • Teddy.15

        Dear Rozina, An amazing photo, I have also tried on my occasions to take a photo in a storm, welcome rain is always good for our plantation, here we have had a very dry winter, but it has rained quite a bit now. A wonderful subject with great imagery. 💖

        • Rozina

          Thank you Teddy. I've sent all the responses to her photo to my friend Joyce. She's an amazing photographer and I put up her link to her photos at the end of my poem earlier.

        • Neville


          I like everything about this page .. the poetry, the photo and the prose at the end in which you provide some otherwise unknown to me at least interesting and pertinent facts ................................ Neville

          • Rozina

            Thank you Neville.

          • Paul Bell

            Wow, Rozina, you do have it all out there. The weather spectacular that kills you while you photograph it.
            Mind you, they do have tornado chasers in America. In Britain, we just call them tossers. Ok, the big yellow thing is coming out, time for a heat. You stay safe, deligate the sweeping.

            • Rozina

              Thank you Paul.

            • Distant View

              A great photo, and a great poem! The powers of nature and the elements are awesome sometimes! Hope no damage is done to your property.

              • Rozina

                Thank you. No damage.

              • L. B. Mek

                Nature's wondrous and callous
                magnificence
                unfurled, in word
                and a timely, striking image!
                thanks for sharing, dear poet

                • Rozina

                  Thank you Mek.

                • Rocky Lagou

                  A wonderful poem Rozina. That photo is also magnificent. You wrote this so well, that aftermath of a storm and the quietness of the wait for it to be gone.

                  • Rozina

                    Thank you Rocky.

                  • dusk arising

                    You reminded me of how I feel beneath a thunder and lightening storm. Envigorated, alive, compromised and totally insignificant in the presence of such power.
                    Well done, I need a cup of tea now x

                    • Rozina

                      Thank you dusk.

                    • Bella Shepard

                      Incredible photo. One of my favorite weather events is lightening and thunder, and you have captured this so well. There's something about standing on the deck with wind blowing, a streak of lightening followed by that rumble, that just excites me. Thank you for evoking that image with your wonderful words.

                      • Rozina

                        Thank you Bella. My friend Joyce took that photo from her apartment. I have tried numerous times but just cannot get that shot!

                      • Goldfinch60

                        Wonderful words Rozina and a superb picture.

                        Andy

                        • Rozina

                          Thank you Andy.



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