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  1.  Pink Copper Sky

Sky-godís Visit
by Leland Waldrip
Friday, August 15, 2003

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Storm grumbled in from the South

With me dead center in its mouth,

It flashed and roared and hissed

Like it was more than just p*ssed.


I guess so, Ďcause it sent a shard

Of forked fire that blasted my yard,

Explosion of singed yellow-blue air,

A tall oak guide, spectacular flair,


Ushered electron stream tip to foot,

Offered sky-god a thirty-pound root.

Accepted the gift for brief life of light,

Ceremoniously dropped it from height,


Sacrificed tomato, squished quite good,

Then lay still, corpse smoldering wood,

Forty feet from gaping hole in my yard,

Sizzling, smoking and quite charred,


As chunky mud and sodden debris

Rained on deck and roof quite heartily.

Sky-god moved on, his offering burned,

Leaving new respect, lessons learned,


Electric circuit cooked quite hard,

A fifteen-foot trench blown in yard,

TV colors scrambled, no control,

Was temporary, reset console.


Daylight unveiled my reconnoiter,

Little damage, deck hosed water.

Storm washed the roof, got it clean,

Least it could do, being so mean.


Storms are special with electric air,

Violence, a roiling, churning affair.

I revel: ďCause for exhilaration!Ē

Lawn snickers: ďOr obliteration!Ē


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Reviewed by Tami Ryan 8/23/2003
Excellent imagery, Leland. But more than that, you have such a wonderful style!! Loved this piece. (Sorry about the tomato - et al.)

Reviewed by Cynth'ya 8/18/2003
lightning struck a place very close to you I gather, right Leland? interesting your first name is the same as the brother of my first "high school love" ( does such a love really exist?-LOL). having been struck in my heart by death-angel-lightning a fifth time this year, not to mention a grimacing broken wrist to hamper my writing just now, i relate metaphorically to the storms i write about in my book, "pieces." amazing how similar our outlooks are as the storms i speak of are more shadowing, and yours, a direct opposite--vivaciously vivid. i appreciate how life breaks us down to painfully build us up. "There is reason in ridicule, only the wise recognize the hallowed disguises." (from soon to be released 2004 book project--

sharing with you as a motivation to continue.

Reviewed by Ronald Hull 8/17/2003
Great rendition of the shit Ma Nature can dump on us.
Reviewed by Floreann Cawley 8/16/2003
a wonderful write..Floreann
Reviewed by Retta (Reindeer) Mckenzie 8/16/2003
This was great..I loved it!

Reviewed by Trish - The Trickster 8/16/2003
Excellent write. And remember when the hairs tingle, duck ;-)
Reviewed by Bhuwan Thapaliya 8/16/2003
Great write!!!
Reviewed by Ted Sheridan (Reader) 8/16/2003
A natural write, I upset over the wasted tomato.
Reviewed by Bonnie Torrente 8/16/2003
Great write!

Reviewed by Barry Weeder (Reader) 8/15/2003
You are making me smile again...this was great!
"Storm washed the roof, got it clean,
Least it could do, being so mean."

Reviewed by Katy Walsvik 8/15/2003
My god, Leland! Devastation/humor.. destruction/free roof washing.. a scrambled TV/an absolutely gloriously clear and unique mind! I gasped at the playful, irony-clad creativity here.. I heard myself! You have sufficiently and fully dropped me.. What a grand, one-of-a-kind piece. You, sir, are going to my library.. so there! (grin) ooooo.. I just love this! katy.
Reviewed by Jenni Kalicharan 8/15/2003
Great imagery!! Devastation well described..
Reviewed by Carolyn Red Bear (The Bear Paw) 8/15/2003
Brings back memories! Thank you for sharing this...
In Spirit,
Reviewed by Patricia Gomes 8/15/2003
Intense imagery! Love this one!
Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 8/15/2003

YIPE--graphic, intense, image filled write--well done

be safe out there, my friend

(((((HUGS))))) and love,

karla. :(
Reviewed by Lisa Hilbers 8/15/2003
Leland, I would have been searching for cover! *grin* I don't like storms,,,especially when Mother Nature is p*ssed off! ~SH~
Reviewed by Debby Rosenberg 8/15/2003
enjoyed the visit...not good to piss off mother nature...
Reviewed by Tinka Boukes 8/15/2003
Stormy write Leland!!
Beautiful vivid imagery!!

Love Tinka
Reviewed by Birdie Houston 8/15/2003
Strong, powerful, flashing poem nothing stormy about that only excellence !!!!!
Reviewed by Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado 8/15/2003
Incredible imagery in this write; sure could feel the storm's fury! Had some storms the past few days; now it is sunny and supposed to get hot for a few days until next week when we "cool" to the lower 90's LOL (((HUGS))) and love, your friend in texas, karen lynn. :D
Reviewed by E T Waldron 8/15/2003
A fantastic write with dynamic imagery! Love when you write like this Leland, you have such flair!
Reviewed by OnepoetGem *the Poetic Rapper 8/15/2003
When I first saw the title, I thought, "i could sure use a visit from the sky God." However after reading, I changed my mind about the visit. Mother nature can be cruel on us lowly humans but not as cruel as we are to ourselves. I have never been hit by lightening, but I have kicked my own butt with stupidty many times, especially when I was a juvenile drinker. Your poem was great, and my wife hides in the closet when the sky God visits. Me I just walk right on out in it. But I stay away from trees. G
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