Midnight in the Sea of Darkness

Midnight in the Sea of Darkness

Midnight in the Sea of Darkness

silently from the shallow depths
of the offshore shoals

stolen from the holds
of a thousand sunken ships

to the broad base
of the tapered, towering torch

the magnificence of a midnight sun
in the fog of a final farewell

the hulk of a stranded ship
within the silence of the sea

yet another immortal member
of a fleet frozen in darkness

Standing Alone, Dwight’s poem at Roth Poetry, brought to mind this poem, written in 1998.
The background image is a print from an engraving by John Horsburg of J. M. W. Turner’s artwork of Bell Rock Lighthouse during a storm from the northeast, available at The Library of Congress and found at Wikimedia Commons.

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