“The Storm” [An Abecedarian]

“The Storm”
An Abecedarian
A malevolent wind
Blows leaves into a swirl.
Car engines cease to purr.
Deadly silence replaces traffic sounds.
Eagle drop from the sky and leave winged craters in the sand.
Fish float upside down, lifeless eyes gazing sunward.
Giraffes hang their heads and sob
Hyenas find no cause to chuckle as they solemnly scavenge.
Inmates bloody their fists on bars.
Jailhouse guards have long gone home.
Kraken clouds swim the smoky sky
Locking ethereal tentacles around suffocating tree tops.
Mountains crumble like crackers under heavy feet.
Now their peaks rest scarcely higher than their bases.
Off key are the songs of what few birds remain.
Perfect pitch is a thing of the past.
Quavering a moment, an island slowly
Retreats into the ocean from which it once rose.
Snow bubbles and boils, scalding
Those treading through it.
Unbridled rains of melting stone
Violently brand the ground.
Wantonly destructive, a
Xiphoid shard of glass impales a child.
Yielding not to the pleas of man, the storm prepares to reach its


14 thoughts on ““The Storm” [An Abecedarian]

  1. mbarkersimpson

    I don’t agree with your comment above the poem – I’d say this is evidence of your talent as a poet. I liked it very much – it depicted the perfect storm and you’ve inspired me to give the Abecedarian a try 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  2. lucciagray

    Love these two lines and the image of an island sinking…. like Altlantis…
    ‘Quavering a moment, an island slowly
    Retreats into the ocean from which it once rose.’
    A perfect Storm! Thanks for sharing!


      1. Dawne Webber

        Well, I mean it all. I cannot bring myself to flatter someone if I don’t like their work. That sounds pompous, but I appreciate the same from others (even if it stings 😉


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