“But I always think that the best way to know God is to love many things.”
~ Vincent van Gogh

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Loud


It doesn't stop rumbling, the thunder, after starting with a huge 'Boom!' 

'What a beautiful day!' we said earlier, and then, 'How hot!'

I open the doors to let in the cool. A little spittle of rain flies right through the flywire onto my leg. The noise gets hugely louder and the house shakes. (Surely I imagined that?) Now the rain pelts down hard, and I hear the cracks that mean lightning. The cats are curled up, one in each doorway. They like to watch storms.

It gets louder yet. Then there's the hugest crack I've heard in years. We all jump, and the cats swap doors. I switch off the wireless modem and unplug the landline phone. 

More, yet more, again and again. I've still got power. I bet some people haven't.

Then, as suddenly, it's quiet. The rain stops in an instant, except for the sound of heavy drips from roofs and branches. The humidity returns.

16 comments:

  1. Hi Rosemary - I've missed your sensuous writing. I really haven't been on-line much for quite awhile. Your storm and humidity take me briefly away from my snow and cold. Stay well.

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    1. Ooh, you do say the nicest things! I'll be preening myself about 'sensuous writing' for quite some time to come. :) You're doing OK, I trust?

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  2. Sounds like a great intro to a larger story. Thanks for stopping by today.

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  3. As we used to say in Brooklyn, on the subway: "It ain't the heat... it's the humanity!"

    Found you at Viv's, and aren't we all in unique boats regarding the weather. Comparisons to last year are interesting, too. Thanks, Rosemary! Amy

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  4. You've written this so well that I could feel it--the anticipation, the sounds, everything that makes those short rain storms special. And how we relish them in the two desert places I call home. This makes me miss the Midwest. And then I remember mosquitoes and humidity!

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    1. Ah yes, we have had a lot more mosquitos through this rainy period.

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  5. I love the way you capture the responses of the cats...especially when the loud clap doesn't send them scurrying, but only changing places! Nicely done.

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  6. i love thunderstorms and we have them quite often as we're living in the rhine valley and it's getting quickly very humid...also love the smell of rain and soil once the storm is over...nice...enjoyed your poem rosemary

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    1. I love the storms too, Claudia, but we have had SO much rain here these last months that I'm sick of it now.

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  7. Weather can be so crazy as you've described so beautifully here.

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  8. Wow - now for us in the North, this is a phenomenon of August - but you've described it so well; I especially love the cats swapping doorways. k.

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