Sunday, May 15, 2011

About a Storm

The window is open and the breeze is too cold.  But I don't mind. Too giddy to mind. Because it's coming. Bright flashes light up the night sky, deep rumbles warn from miles away. "Get ready!" they say. "Brace yourselves!" they call.

And I'm waiting.

Frogs croaking.  The hum of the laptop.  Rhythmic breathing from the couch.

It starts tenuously at first. Big, slow drops splash against the lid of the trash can outside the back door. So slowly that it threatens to stop. They remind me that tomorrow is trash day.  But is that it? Surely there's more...

Then another flash of light, but this time close and bright, cracking open those vessels in the sky. Cold, clear water rushes down so quickly that the droplets merge and become one. One magnificent sheet of marvelous springtime storm.

Frogs croaking. The hum of the laptop. Rhythmic breathing from the couch.

Water spills over the sides of the gutters, gushes from the downspouts.  Every hole, every nook, every cranny is full.  Those scurrying creatures and those flapping creatures and those slithering creatures- what do they think?  Did they get ready?  Did they brace themselves?  Would they leave their windows open just to hear it?

Frogs croaking. The hum of the laptop. Rhythmic breathing from the couch.

Those deep rumbles are upon us now.  All starting and no stopping.  Careening and crashing.  "Are you ready now?" they ask. "Enjoy the ride!" they seem to shout.

I am!

I will.

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17 comments :

  1. I can't beleive my kids slept through that last night, talk about LOUD!!??! I love storms...

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  2. I love how you can write about terrible cookies and then this. Showing a completely different aspect to your writing.

    Gorgeous!

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  3. I enjoyed this different style of creative writing from you. "...cracking open those vessels in the sky" being my favorite phrase.

    Nicely done. I felt as if I was right there with you awaiting the storm.

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  4. I enjoy a good, rolling, storm; get a bigger kick out of my hubs, who, with the chance of an impending power outage, positions himself by the door, ready to head out and crank up our generator. He takes great delight in being the first "kid" on our road who has lights glowing while everyone else stumbles around, looking for matches to light their candles.

    Then, I have to hear him launch his usual complaint about one Willow in our backyard.."You know, Patty...one more storm like this and that tree is going to land on the house!"

    That was about 11 or 13 storms ago. Mr. Willow is still standing...

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  5. Oh this is good! I love it when people can write in such a way that I feel as if I'm sitting next to them.

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  6. I can count on one hand the times there has been thunder and lightning here in jolly farty Angland.

    God I miss the rock'em shock'em storms.

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  7. I've always been a storm lover. It is so nice to be back home :)

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  8. I do love a good thunderstorm! :)

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  9. As a California girl, I'm really not used to storms. But now that we live in Pennsylvania, I'm slowly learning to not fear, but rather LOVE the severe thunderstorms. Tuesday night I was sitting on the couch watching Grey's Anatomy, when all of a sudden, out of nowhere, my entire living room lit up as if the lightening had come right through the windows inside. I seriously felt like it had just missed striking me! Then not even 2 seconds later, a loud crackling that shook the house. I felt a rush of energy...yes, even some fear, then ran around the house turning on our battery operated candles. Moments later, the storm was gone. Maybe eventually I'll get used to the different weather.

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  10. omgWANT!

    I'm still waiting for the first true storm of the season. It's rained a bit, but I want a light show, dammit!!!

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  11. We have been without rain here in Texas for over 2 months. And today we are supposed to get a storm. Can't wait! Love just snuggling up inside when the weather turns bad outside :)

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  12. Fabulous writing! Very impressed. :)

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  13. Thank you, Elena! Usually I'm a little funnier... ;)

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  14. Gorgeous. I could almost smell the rain and I could most definitely hear the sounds!

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  15. Very well written! I could hear and see it with you!

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  16. Just made me miss those storms :)

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