I Hear You


Photo taken with my Canon DSLR

I love spring thunderstorms as long as they don’t cause too much damage…

Like the storms we experience in life, some pass through as warnings maybe to shake up our complacency now and then, to add a little excitement to the mix.

But the others… the ones that can be so powerful, so angry and loud, the storms that turn our world upside down can leave lasting darkness and destruction in their wake.

And sometimes, the sound of thunder like a booming voice can be so impressively loud, you feel it on the inside.


Lightning cracks its whip,

in the riot, in the noise, in the cries, in the now.

Silvery, looming energy haunts,

leaving me weak, claiming me,

piercing my thoughts, my words, my gestures, my small voice with a force,

an intensity that has me rising up to meet it,

longing to free the screams—

the spring storm’s thunder that lies within me still.




25 thoughts on “I Hear You

  1. I love thunderstorms too. But I’m fed up with the ones in life…

    • Yeah, I get fed up too, Simon. If it’s any consolation, whenever I remind myself that everyone has “storms” in life, it makes me feel better… feels like mine are less monstrous.
      Thanks for the visit. 🙂

      • I should visit you more… I often remind myself of this, it helps but I want the storm to pass…

      • Well, remember to take care of yourself in the meantime… do stuff that builds you up rather than tears you down to help you get through tough times. It’s like weather-proofing yourself to help you get through more things that will be coming in the future! Hang in there, okay? Have a good night. 🙂

  2. Yummy! They move me too ⚡️

    • Do storms taste good, Val?! lol Seriously, have you ever gotten that metallic taste in your mouth during a storm or right before lightning strikes? Best to seek cover!
      Storms are awesome though, I agree! xo

      • They just feel so darn good Kelly … I do believe I can taste the heaviness in the air.

      • I love your positive outlook, Val. I’ve always found it curious how some people can make something out of storms, while others make only misery. I think there’s a lot to be said for resilience. Could use a good storm right now – just came in because it’s so hot out there!

  3. Wonderful metaphor for our emotions, Kelly. Isn’t it interesting how the weather reflects a wide variety of feelings? It makes me think of the macrocosm and microcosm. All mirrors, we are reflections of our mother earth. I hope all the lightning in your life this week are purely bursts of excitement 🙂

    • Thank you, Diana. Trying to de-stress from a “burst of excitement” known as traffic now! I have to allow so much extra time due for summer road construction everywhere, it really affects my day! Yes – I’m deep breathing as I type this! lol
      Completely agree that weather mirrors our feelings and definitely affects them. My thoughts exactly. Thank you, my friend. 🙂

  4. I hope you can see that beacon of light, Kelly. Storms are exciting, up to a point, right? Hope you are well. xox

    • Just happy to be home now, Amy! Getting to my house was that beacon of light today – so sick of traffic battles.
      And yes, there’s a fine line between exciting and destructive… prefer nice garden-variety storms followed by rainbows for sure! 🙂

  5. I have always been a fan of thunderstorms. We were one of the few homes that had a glass-enclosed front porch, the only one we were allowed to be in during storms. Not that we were any safer there, lol. But I always loved the explosion of energy, gave me goose bumps. ⛈ ⚡ ⚡ ⚡ ⛈

    That is a fabulous catch with your camera, Kelly. Wonderful shot. 💕

    • Thanks, Van. That shot was a time exposure over my neighbor’s house last summer. I love photographing storms.
      Sounds like you had some nice storm-watching moments on that porch of yours… what nice memories. xo

  6. what a good reminder, after the storm comes the calm –

  7. The thunderstorms in weather are rather exhilarating and I feel a rush of excitement! When the electricity went out last Thursday, I was out on a date. He walked me to my apt (kissed me goodnight) and drove off. I lit candles and used a flashlight for a few hours reading like Abe Lincoln. 🙂

    • You always have an interesting story to share, Robin! Not quite sure where the connection lies with the electricity outage and the abrupt ending to your date, though… but happy Abe Lincoln kept you company in the end! LOL! 🙂

      • It was only a second date, so I try not to linger too long. I am a very affectionate person who has regretted a few times where I didn’t just say, “Good night!” Smiles, Robin I am trying to get this one “right.” 😉

      • Oh, I hope it all works out! So happy for you, Robin! 🙂

  8. Storms offer an interesting blend of power, beauty and fear. As a little boy I would turn a fan on to create the sound of a “hum” to partially drown out the sound of a thunderstorm. The vibrational energy these storms produced created greater personal fear than the possible threat of being struck by lightning. So long ago, yet the memories feel like yesterday.

    • I know serious weather phobias exist in both children and adults and one of the best ways to help is with distraction. The fan was a great idea.
      My dog has a serious problem with anxiety from storms and has a “ThunderShirt” that she wears to calm her. It feels like a hug to the animal and absolutely has a calming effect on her – similar to swaddling a baby. (She can be a bit neurotic as well, but the shirt does help!)
      Thanks, doc 🙂

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