Desert Storm

Desert Storm 

Cumulus rising higher,

ever higher,

spreading ever wider,

darkening as in air rising.

Jagged lightning

spears the earth

followed by a thunder burst.


Palm fronds bend before the wind.

Raindrops large as silver dollars

spatter at my feet,

tiny craters in the dirt.


I turn my face toward the sky…

neck hair rises

and I am blinded by a brilliant flash.


too close for me.

I scurry toward my shelter

across the open ground,

diving headlong onto the porch

as an aged saguaro,

trunk split, black and smoking

lies dying on the ground.

Demon lights leap from the sky

to the beat of godly drums.

Single raindrops join to form a downpour,

then, just as quickly, they are gone.


Cool breezes caress my heated brow.

I breathe deeply the air thus cleansed

and watch the storm move on.

Desert storm,

what beauty lies in thy ferocity.


Vi Jones

©October 18, 2006



About woodnymph

I am an author, poet, and digital photographer.

Posted on October 18, 2006, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. 5 Comments.

  1. Could be Outback Australia Vi. So finely wrought! Just lovely!

  2. Vi! Outstanding!

  3. all- memories of my Nevada mountains,
    where one never camps in a wash —

    sadely, lightning always means fire!
    with a couple of million acres waiting

  4. Thank you all. Desert storms are a turn-on… they are so exciting. One feels a complete part of Nature’s wrath and after it’s over, there is such beauty. The smell is intoxicating, the silence, so fresh; a tonix of relaxation.


  5. …and you have captured all that superbly with the excellence of your atmospheric writing.

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