An African Thunderstorm David Rubadiri

From the west

Clouds come hurrying with the wind

Turning sharply

Here and there

Like a plague of locust


Tossing up things on its tail

Like a madman

Chasing nothing.

Pregnant clouds

Ride stately on its back,

Gathering to perch on hills
Like sinister dark wings;

The wind whistles by

And trees bend to let it pass.

In the village

Screams of delighted children,

Toss and turn

In the din of the whirling wind,


Babies clinging on their backs

Dart about

In and out


The wind whistles by

Whilst trees bend to let it pass.

Clothes wave like tattered flags

Flying off
To expose dangling breasts

As jagged blinding flashes

Rumble, tremble and crack

Amidst the smell of fired smoke

And the pelting march of the storm.

Created By
Kristin Niekerk


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