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Mark Thalman

The air tears and mends itself back together. 
Crawling out from sleep, I peek between curtains . . .
Mist so thick the mountains and lake have vanished.
Only the nearest firs anchor me. 
The sky cracks. The cabin quakes--
Thunder reverberates off the water
amplifying the percussion so loud 
the picture window continues to vibrate.
Each blast crashes like a tidal wave
flooding the forest, then drains away
before the next giant surge.
Fir boughs hang relaxed
faded by dense gray air.
Not a chipmunk stirs.
In this cloud come to earth,
the cabin, an ark,
has yet to break
from its mooring.

This poem fist appeared in Poetry Bay.
Used here with the authorÂ’'s permission.


Mark Thalman has been widely published for five decades and is the author of three poetry collections: Stronger Than the Current, The Peasant Dance, and Catching the Limit. Retired after teaching English in public schools for 35 years, he is also an artist who enjoys painting wildlife and seascapes with acrylics. Mark lives in Forest Grove, Oregon; learn more about him at




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I have always loved a thunderstorm, the way it makes me feel alive. This poem captures the feeling i get when the thunder shakes the house and the lightning cracks across the sky and the rain comes in torrents.
Posted 09/15/2013 09:33 AM
Thank you Mark. I continue to follow you wherever you are. Love the first line. We are immediately drawn into the poem.
Posted 09/14/2013 11:03 AM
Ginny C.:
vivid imagery--and the cabin as an ark feels just right
Posted 09/14/2013 10:47 AM
Fun. Makes me want to close all the windows and double-bolt the door.
Posted 09/14/2013 08:53 AM

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