Sun and storm

A shadorma trio for Colleen’s weekly challenge.


When sun sears,

and each step drags through

molten bronze,

my ears pulse

with cicada-throb—phantom

hiss of cool fountains.


Peeling back

the light from shadows,

the heat from

cool tree shade,

the weight of summer becomes

a golden caress,


until the storm

unleashes torrents

from torn cloud,


of electric-wired rain

to sooth the fever.

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Jane Dougherty

I used to do lots of things I didn't much enjoy. Now I am officially a writer. It's what I always wanted to be.

29 thoughts on “Sun and storm”

  1. Perfect description of a hot summer day. Ours ended with a storm last night, too–and more expected today. It’s steamy outside, and it’s not even 8 AM.

    1. Thank you 🙂 I was astonished that Finbar didn’t stir. We hadn’t closed the shutters in ‘his’ room and usually at the first whiff of thunder or lightning he wants to come into our room. I even got up to check he was okay. He had a grandstand view of the storm but hadn’t got off his armchair. Too hot to move, I think.

      1. That’s funny. Maybe he was. 🙂 Our white cat, Mickey, used to be terrified of storms, and he would run and hide before we even heard thunder or saw lightning–but he’s much braver now.

      2. Well, I’d say he (and I ) still have a healthy fear–and of course, he still runs when the vacuum cleaner monster comes out. 🙂

      3. Ha ha! I don’t think I’ve ever seen the cats in the same room as the vacuum cleaner monster. Finbar tries to kill it every time but it’s pretty tough.

  2. It’s such a good feeling when the storm actually breaks the heat…it doesn’t always. We are very steamy here, not sure rain will do any good, although it looks ominous. (K)

    1. The heat here is dry so much easier to bear. I can usually do without the storm because they tend to send the animals into a panic and we end up with visitors under the bed.

  3. Jane, this is superb poetry. The Shadorma has become one of my favorites! Your description of a sweltering summer day leading to a climactic storm to close it out is brilliant. Your word choice… WOW! ❤

    1. I’m glad you like it, Colleen, and I’m glad you have this prompt because otherwise, I’m not sure I’d discipline myself to stick to a syllable count. It’s worth it 🙂

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