a solitary bird calls to the space between lightning and thunder




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11 Responses

  1. Bobbie Troy Says:

    Very nice image to think about!

  2. Fran Morris Says:

    Lovely imagery of sight and sound.
    (I guess I'm nitpicking, but I think that, meteorologically, the thunder comes before the lightning. I happened to encounter that fact on TV a few days ago, so it's still on my mind!! It's still a lovely haiku.)

  3. Sue Burke Says:

    fading thunder. . .
    a stork spreads its wings
    to dry

  4. angie Says:

    oh, that's lovely, Sue!

  5. martin1223 Says:

    marsh lightning
    tree blossoms open
    into egrets

  6. Southwest Side Soul Says:

    Really a great poem, Angie! It's quite visual, very perceptive, and original. Thanks.

    For the record, lightning and thunder happen at the same time but lightning is seen before thunder is heard … always! The interval between the two is mainly a function of distance of the storm from the observer. Google "thunder before lightning?"

  7. Deb Says:

    Beautiful. One line suits the tone.

  8. angie Says:

    thank you everyone for your kind comments — glad you like it!

    @southwest side soul — I remember my grandma counting between the lightning and thunder when I was a kid, trying to guess how many miles away the storm was. that was before doppler radar on tv, of course!

  9. James Says:

    I love this space between moments.

  10. Alan Summers Says:

    Hi Fran,

    You got me thinking, as I thought the same. Depends possibly where the witness is? I watched lightning come down two or three times about ten feet away in a neighbour's garden. I'm a sucker for this weather.

    I read this:
    "Thunder and lightning occur at roughly the same time, although you see the flash of lightning before you hear the thunder. This is because light travels much faster than sound." http://windows2universe.org/earth/Atmosphere/tsto

    "Thunder and Lightning
    This is thunder. If you are near the stroke of lightning you'll hear thunder as one sharp crack. " http://www.wxdude.com/page5.html

    all my best,


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