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The Torrential Storm

An Inspired Abecedarian Poem

Image by ArtTower from Pixabay

And the sky
Burst forward, a torrential
Combustion of energy
Dances across the sky
Electric wings
Flapping — 
Gale winds
Hurry consumers
Inside buildings and cars — 
Jostling leaves gather
Kerbside
Lampposts flicker off and on, a
Makeshift SOS in the storm
No rescue, abandoned all — 
Only Nature rules this place, her
Piercing anger howls and then
Quiet and calm
Reward the land
Such peace one has never known
’Til the beast spins and rips, tears and shreds
Utility poles and trees to the ground
Vast darkness
Wanders throughout the town, a
Xanthous sky hovers low — 
Yet moments later, as fast as he came, the beast
Zips up into the clouds and is gone.

©2020 Lori Carlson. All rights reserved.

This insanity was inspired by Manasi Diwakar’s Abecedarian, Salam Khan’s Abecedarian, and Sumera Rizwan’s Abecedarian — are we creating monsters? *laughs*

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Lori Carlson is a poet of mostly dark and/or confessional poetry. She also writes Haiku, Senryu and Tanka. Lori writes micro-fiction, drabbles, flash fiction, short fiction, and novellas in the SciFi, mystery, and horror genres. She received her B.A. in English and MALS at Hollins University in Roanoke Virginia. Ravyne Hawke is Lori’s online persona — the dark soul, blackened heart, and melancholic muse. Lori resides in NE Oklahoma with her husband, two temperamental cats (Izzy & Shugs) and a Husky named Max


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