Lightning strikes in the night,
and blankets pull tighter, wrapping a dream
of daylight, where fear is framed within
crisp shadows, with a clarity that remains
on waking and late into the day,
the threat of storm long forgotten, yet
the uneasiness easily remembered.

This is my response to The Secret Keeper’s Weekly Writing Prompt #170,
with the words late, storm, frame, strike & wrap.

Image source: – member/skeeze (edited here)

Secret Keeper Prompt


Summer Storm

Summer Storm

With sudden dark
Summer’s storms announce their intent
With sudden dark
While the clouds send us livid sparks
Lightning strikes, and when they relent
They leave us, all energy spent,
With sudden dark


Jane Dougherty’s Poetry Challenge #45: Summer storm is to write a rondolet inspired by her photo and using the theme summer storm.
Rondolet ~ 7 lines with 2 rhymes – AbAabbA
                  ~ the refrain has 4 syllables.
                  ~ the other lines have 8 syllables

Nature’s Passion Play

Nature's Passion Play

Act I: backlit clouds
brilliant flashes, silhouettes
prelude to a storm

Act II: drip, drop, drip
spattering scattered pattern
rain shower begins

Act III: lightning bolts
terror in a thund’rous crash
a mighty deluge

final curtain call
clouds part to reveal the stars
Nature’s passion play

The two word prompts for RonovanWrites Weekly Haiku Prompt Challenge #89, are shower and play.


Image source: Joel Sartore/National Geographic