Passing storm


When the promised storm passes

on dark cloud wings,

and the sun sets in fire

on the meadow grasses,

and the soughing of the trees becomes a sigh,

you and I at the window listen,

waves of song in dusk-light glisten—

dauntless nightingales are singing

to the restless air.

The endless song in moonlight winging

from the hedgerow, soaring higher,

nothing in the night has ever seemed so fair.


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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.

19 thoughts on “Passing storm”

    1. Thank you. We thought the storm had passed us by, but in the last half hour the wind has got up and the whole north-western horizon is flickering orange with lightning. I hope it doesn’t come this way, it’s forecast to be a big one…

      1. So do I! Even with the shutters closed so he can’t see the lightning, if there’s thunder, Finbar will be padding around our bedroom looking for somewhere to hide.

      2. I think only very insensitive animals (like us and Ninnie) are indifferent to storms. Finbar won’t go outside as soon as the wind gets up. He sniffs the air, can smell the electricity or whatever. Cats, being intelligent (except for Ninnie), are the same.

      3. Hahaha. I think we’ve grown used to ignoring it. Probably our early ancestors sensed it better. I can sometimes feel the pressure drop before a storm.

  1. Your words are singing above the storm clouds. Several threatening skies here today, but now it’s just blowing clouds through the blue.

    1. It did pass us by. We saw its path going north, a constantly flickering orange along the western horizon. Just got the edge of the wind. The magpies must have been seasick up there…

  2. Jane, this is beautiful. My husband and I watched storms since we got married. Our sons have passed this tradition on to our grandchildren. It was a family event for us while they were growing up. I’ll have to memorize this one. Take care.

    1. Thanks Michelle 🙂 We’ve had a very unsettled couple of weeks here with lots of storm activity, almost all of which has passed up by, close, but not directly overhead. A storm is a tremendous phenomenon to watch! You too look after yourself 🙂

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