Stormy weather

28 June 2011 § 8 Comments

Donner und Blitzen

All day
It’s been building up to this.
Now impatient Lightning,
Weary of waiting,
Runs on ahead
A million miles
While the lumbering laggard Thunder
Is still lacing up his boots.

You can try
To drown out the old tales
With talk of vapour, latent heat
Charged particles and ions;
Facts and equations all laid out
In quick, brilliant strokes
Across a blackboard sky.

But when the stuffed and swollen night
Bursts and splits
Zeus still rages round his realm;
Jupiter hurls the blazing bolts
That Vulcan forged for him;
Red-bearded Thor takes another ride
Swinging Mjöllnir in one mighty fist
Smiting the Jotun at Asgard’s gates and
Warming the earth
With sparks struck from the mountain-tops.
And God decides the sofa
Would look better over there.

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§ 8 Responses to Stormy weather

  • belfastdavid says:

    Absolutely brilliant Nick,

    My smile got broader the farther I read and I burst out laughing at the last two lines


  • gonecycling says:

    Hi David – as you can probably tell, I’ve been reading Tolkien (yet again) and had all kinds of mythological images and figures jostling around in my head. The Gotterdammerung stoked up by the heatwave seemed the ideal opportunity to let them out to play! So pleased you enjoyed it – a laugh-out-loud is the best compliment you could possibly pay me. Thank you, my friend; enjoy your day.

  • I love this poem, the way hyou personify lightning and thunder and love the unexpected homely image at the end.

    I see you come from Sussex. I have a friend in Wales. Excuse my ignorance but are they far from each other?

    • gonecycling says:

      Thank you, John, for your comment, and for stopping by – I’ve really enjoyed discovering your blog today. My mother-in-law lives in the far west of Wales, and I can tell you it’s a fair ways by road; about six hours from Sussex, which is in the south-east of England. But since the scenery is magnificent, and her cooking is superb, we make the trip as often as we can! Looking forward to reading more of your work; I’ve added you to my blogroll with that in mind 🙂

  • slpmartin says:

    What a joy to read….I think I like your explanation better than all that science. 😉

  • gonecycling says:

    Thank you Charles – I like to think science and the ol’ legends can co-exist (but I still like the stories best!)

  • Jen says:

    I like this one a lot – clever, intelligent, with expertly placed humour. If someone asked me to describe you I would probably use this poem! It conjures up the elemental drama perfectly and I shall think of this whenever we have a thunderstorm.

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