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Author Name: FreeTashtego57 12 Comments
Date Added: July 27, 2010 10:07:04 Average Score: (Needs 2)
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Zeus and Iris Meet in Colorado

A sultry summer afternoon out west

while blackened clouds form over the Rockies.

Harbinger of coming relief from heat,

descending on sweaty joyless masses.

 

Astral whispers foretell of building winds,

dust devils scurry over the prairie

while lightening illuminate the skies

before natureís welling teardrops descend.

 

Thunder rolls on the heels of mighty Zeus,

heaven's clarion call sharply resounds.

The rushing deluge comes in soaking waves

while mortals dash to find puny refuge.

 

Enraged maelstrom ransacks defenseless earth,

typhoon-like winds howl through indigo skies.

Vengeful pellets of ice create havoc,

unbridled rage immobilizes all.

 

Vision obscured by celestial show,

suspends all manís irrelevant deeds.

But with no warning the fury subsides,

as the gods turn their gaze to new targets.

 

The waning storm moves on, its cleansing ways

renews parched earth and restores mortal souls.

Goddess Iris sends her beautiful gift,

tranquil rainbow signals temporal peace.

Author's Notes:
This is my first attempt at blank verse, following the guidelines laid out by Ann on the home page of C-P.  When it comes to rules, I don't always do so well....
 
This relates a storm I saw (fortunately from inside) during a recent visit to Colorado Springs.  It was a great lesson in how Mother Nature can kick ass if she feels like it.
 
NOTE:  Pardon the re-write - in my haste I matched the Roman god Jupiter with the Greek goddess Iris - and that will NEVER do!
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Comment By: FreePamela A. Lamppa on August 23, 2010 12:57:20 PM Report

Wow - that was one heck of a storm.  And always, there is peace and that rainbow to spell a brighter future.

Kind of like life sometimes ... but all too often we forget the rainbow.

Nicely done.  I enjoyed this very much.  ~Pamela *fish*
Comment By: FreeHannah Mae on August 17, 2010 05:59:59 PM Report
Sounds like a storm here out on the plains. I'm so glad I live up in the mountains, though the trees aren't spared from being blown over. Still, excellent rendering. It's amazing how powerful storms can be!
Comment By: PremiumMary Lou Allen on August 3, 2010 03:28:12 PM Report
Well, Andrew, what you ended up with does nicely. In Florida, we expect thunderstorms in late summer afternoons but the most dramatic storms I ever saw were while I lived in Colorado Springs. You've described them quite well. ML (Our first Chihuahua was named Iris, goddess of the rainbow)
Comment By: PremiumMary Lou Allen on August 3, 2010 02:35:49 PM Report
Well, Andrew, what you ended up with does nicely. In Florida, we expect thunderstorms in late summer afternoons but the most dramatic storms I ever saw were while I lived in Colorado Springs. You've described them quite well. ML (Our first Chihuahua was named Iris, goddess of the rainbow)
Comment By: FreeGlata on August 2, 2010 10:30:37 PM Report
You played it out well here in these words, Andrew...and you're forgiven for mixing the gods and godesses up, lol! This time, anyway...
Powerful write about a powerful storm!
Enjoyed...
Glata

Comment By: FreeJo on July 29, 2010 04:26:08 PM Report
What fantastic imagery!  It all played out in my head as I read it and it was like I'd actually seen it.  I bet it was something to see in real life.  Great job on this.  I love the title too.
Comment By: FreeLinda Jo on July 27, 2010 07:44:27 PM Report
...so glad you decided to lend your talent to writing about the storm you witnessed in Colo.  You did a great job describing its violent nature and its quick exit...wish you could send a little lightning, thunder, and especially the rain... my way...I am sending this poem to someone who lives on the prairie...thanks!
Comment By: FreeTanya Harrison on July 27, 2010 04:39:20 PM Report
Wow, what a great description of a storm Andrew.  I've been through so many of these types of storms and your description was vivid.  You know when the clouds turn a shade of green that you might have conditions for a tornado to descend.  But the way the lightening, the hail and  the winds entered the scene was the way it usually happens.  I love storms. There's always the happy ending of the rainbow.  I enjoyed your poem.
Comment By: FreeBarbara Demasson on July 27, 2010 02:33:01 PM Report
This is exactly how Mother Nature has been behaving here in Saskatchewan too...whew what a horrible summer...rain and more rain...hail and more hail...extreme heat...followed by storm after storm with consequences...even a few tornados. Oh yeah, Mother Nature has the power to kick some serious butt and does whenever she darn well feels like it too.

I love the title and the descriptiveness in this poem. You took us through the storm in fine form Andrew. Well done...I enjoyed this!

~Barbara D.~ *enjoying the moments of temporal peace*

Comment By: FreeCindy Bendel on July 27, 2010 01:52:06 PM Report
Wonderfully written, you have such a skill and talent with language. 
Whew, for a minute I thought you went off with Iris and forgot me lol.

~Cindy xo ; )


Comment By: FreeThe Bag Lady on July 27, 2010 01:27:42 PM Report
Indeed she can, Andrew~!! And, as well, you have kicked ass on this blank verse write~!  You totally described the Colorado scene PERFECTLY, as I have been privy to it's intensity...I moved to Oregon from Boulder....AND, trust me, readers, he has pegged exactly what occurs in the time of storms...Andrew, this is lovely, full of riveting visuals...One can almost feel the temps as they change and endure the winds and wrath~!  Loved it...GOOD WORK....into faves....

Auntie M...

Comment By: FreeShe Whispers on July 27, 2010 10:50:53 AM Report
Andrew,
Goodness me when you write you write with all your heart and minds vision and look at this Masterpiece!!!*****





 


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