Encompassed in a Storm

Overlooking the valley

away from the camper’s milieu

I sipped fizzy mineral water

smiling as a thunderstorm grew

At this high altitude

where the air is thin

a meddlesome fog called

drawing me in

Joining the cloud

feeling its rainy tears

swept up in the angst

all emotions in gear

Loud thunder

with lightening strikes

expressing anger

and other dislikes

The fury of the wind

bending the trees

stretching emotions to the limits

wanting to be free

Drizzling now

spirit calming down

color returning to normal

no longer looking like a clown

Returning to the camp

a rainbow in the sky

peaceful by the campfire

happy and warm in the nigh

copyright 2023 Debbie Pierce


  1. I got caught on the open water, with my Dad, in a fifteen foot aluminum flat bottom boat, as a clear and sunny afternoon turned black. We were in Arkansas, in the White River Bottom. We encountered an overwhelming amount of wind and rain, thunder and lightning, for a solid hour, before making it back to camp. So many points of recall, and you just brought them all home, Debbie. 🙂

    • Thank you. Wow! What an adventure. I know that may have been frightening at the time and I am happy that you and your Dad made it safely back to shore. Now it’s a fun story to be shared. Thanks for sharing. Have a wonderful day!

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