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Summer Storm, Brooklyn
by Jan Sand
2018-04-27 08:03:48
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Summer Storm, Brooklyn
There is something visceral
In the sound of distant thunder
From the roiling underbelly
Of a pregnant summer sky.
At first, a gentle knocking,
A cautious testing, tapping
On the roof and on the windows
As the trees begin to sigh.
Suddenly there=s silence,
A still anticipation,
A waiting and a watching
With an apprehensive eye.
brookl01_400Now flash! A whip of lightning
With its bang-snap-crack of thunder
Stampedes the herds across the roof.
The streets all start to fry.
The trees are writhing now
In waves of throbbing rain
That mist and bend the twisting shapes.
All solids liquefy.
The sky is firing salvos
Of stroboscopic glare
While an avalanche of monsters
Reverberates the sky.
The cavalcade of noise and blaze
Subsides to glows and grumbles.
Downpour inundates the streets.
It’s Venice in July.
Barefoot kids race gutter boats
To seas of clogged up drains.
Their matchstick ships do flops and flips
And spin and sink awry.
The thick damp smell of hot concrete
Yields its wet in steam
Which rises up like streaming ghosts
Who flee back to the sky.

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