“Spring Storm”….from “Pitcher of Moon”

Watercolor, Salisbury, janekohut-bartels, 2005

…hopefully to be published soon.


The wind howls tonight
Races round eaves,
Disturbs the haunts in the attic,
Forces wind chimes
Into a metal hambone frenzy
The clash of harmony grates
On ears, on nerves–
no sleep for this night.

There is death to the west
Fear in the vanguard.

It is springtime,
No gentle embrace

No gentle footsteps,
Just a blaze of destruction, despair.
Is far down on the ground,
Deep as a cellar
Deep as a ditch.

The moon above,
That sickly green sphere
Is in on the game.

The dogs howl
A Greek chorus
Echoing their primal fear
Over the landscape.

Each moan of wind
Heralds the apocalypse,
My eyes squeeze shut
Against grating of branches,
The rattle of panes
As I grasp for sanity
In an insane night.

I ride out the storm,
Dawn finally breaks,
The silence complete,
The earth placid and calm
As if the night before
Only a nightmare-
And I’m ridden from sleep
To the usual ground.

Jane Kohut-Bartels
Copyrighted, 2013

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2 Responses to ““Spring Storm”….from “Pitcher of Moon””

  1. aprille Says:

    Yup, that sounds like our Spring weather. Rain all say, day in day out. Not just showers.
    We had 36 hours’ worth of Summer the weekend before last.
    That’ll be our lot.
    Love image again. I miss your visits. The link from here worked for me, so please try again.
    Did you get some sleep inspite of the fierce winds?


  2. ladynyo Says:

    Hi Aprille!

    With the new computer, I’ve lost a lot of things that I could do before, but my techie has moved back home so perhaps I will be able to read other poets soon. I’ll keep trying.

    Yep, lots of rain here, and then ???? too dry now.

    The spring is beautiful! but hte allergies are hitting hard.

    Glad you liked the poem. and thanks for reading and your comment.


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