The tattered tent
Rooted rigorously
Lashed at length
By the sudden storm
Curved and creased
Dusty drunk
Still standing slyly
Snatching a second
Through the storm’s sheer strength
As a single spark
Of lightning lands
Bright and Belligerent
The scene is spun
And in a blink,
Bashed and blown
The tent is torn
And still continues the storm

Posted by Tom Merriman

A future writer living in the present day

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  1. Definitely a camping nightmare! The storm cares naught for tents. Or campers. I love the cadence of this piece.

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    1. Thanks, Brenda. I tried to make it as to the point as I could…

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  2. So, we are both camping in inclement weather this week Tom! A hotel for the night maybe?

    Come Whirl with me!

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    1. That would be the best idea, methinks, Keith!

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  3. And in a blink,
    Bashed and blown
    The tent is torn
    And still continues the storm

    Must be a most frightful experience where it should be an enjoyable stint!

    Hank

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    1. Not the best of luck to be caught up in such a situation, Hank! 🙂

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  4. To close for comfort .

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    1. Oh, I know, Beverly.
      We have a storm threatening over here, but it never seems to arrive…

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  5. some breath taking imagery here …

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  6. Love how this whirls and spins just like a storm.

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    1. Thanks, Lynn.
      That was the feel I was going for! 🙂

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  7. That was quite a storm Tom.. Lovely play with words..

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    1. Thanks, Sue.
      Playing with words is a particular favourite pastime of mine! 😀

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  8. Yes, storms are no fun in a tent!!! 🙂

    Good Piece my friend!!! 🙂

    Prenin.

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    1. They’re fun to watch by a cosy fireside, Prenin. An indoor one, I hasten to add!

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  9. at least the Glastonbury campers didn’t experience this last week!

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  10. Ah storms…so many times I feel like we tend to forget the force of Mother Nature. I mean..it’s there..the knowledge..we hear about it in the news…but..it doesn’t seem to stay with us..this feeling of being awestruck….does that make sense?

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    1. It does, Shree. We do forget about Nature’s devastating power rather quickly. Most odd, that.

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