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sudden storm
Lauren McBride

waves lapping softly ashore
birds etching tracks into damp sand
scold a rising red sun

gentle breeze grows angry
scattering birds
whipping steel-blue water into foam
rain pounding
thundering breakers flinging
luckless seaweed landward
wind wearies
bold sun creeping around clouds
drying rain
brown kelp blanket smothering sand
beckoning flies
crabs skittering back to water
waves lapping softly ashore
birds perching on posts
scold a golden setting sun

© by Lauren McBride.
Used with the author’s permission.


Lauren McBride says faith, nature, molecular biology (she's a former researcher), and membership in the Science Fiction Poetry Association (SFPA) help to inspire her stories and poems. Nominated for the SFPA's Rhysling and Dwarf Stars Awards, she has been published in numerous speculative, nature and children's publications. Lauren lives in Texas, where she shares a love of laughter, science, and the ocean with her husband and two children.


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jose ramin:
@Parveen110: In response to your question - Breakers are rocks which are at shore to keep the sea from breaching into land. The author has very succinctly indicated that the seaweed now hapless are being washed ashore
Posted 04/22/2016 03:16 PM
Lovely imagery, great poem.
Posted 06/30/2015 10:20 PM
Rain pounding(self explanatory) Breakers are waves, so noisy waves washing seaweed ashore
Posted 06/30/2015 06:51 PM
Please explain: rain pounding thundering breakers flinging luckless seaweed landward
Posted 06/30/2015 11:01 AM
Yes Katrina "And smell the sweet perfume of salt in the air"
Posted 06/30/2015 08:04 AM
I love the total lack of punctuation, allowing powerful lines to let us in to a wild atmosphere. I can taste the salt.
Posted 06/30/2015 06:57 AM
Grew up near the ocean, more rock than sand. This is a wonderful poem, I love a thunderstorm.nature at its most awesome.
Posted 06/30/2015 04:44 AM

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