(Photo)‘Whisper of Thunder’ by T.M. Moore The Society March 28, 2020 Beauty, Culture, Poetry 4 Comments Job 26.8-14 The flash and crash were simultaneous. The whole house shuddered, like it was about to come apart, and all the lights went out. The dogs erupted in a frenzied fuss of frightened yelping, and I ducked my head. The force of the concussion rocked me to my soul and shook my body through and through. I thought a moment that I might be dead. The strike was just across the street, and set the neighbor’s house on fire. The sudden power of that fierce lightning bolt caused me to cower— so close, so inescapable! And yet, that terrifying crash, that flash and blaze— they’re just the edge and whisper of His ways. T.M. and Susie Moore make their home in the Champlain Valley of Vermont. He is Principal of The Fellowship of Ailbe, and the author of 8 books of poetry. He and Susie have collaborated on more than 30 books, which may be found, together with their many other writings and resources, including the daily teaching letter Scriptorium, at www.ailbe.org. NOTE TO READERS: If you enjoyed this poem or other content, please consider making a donation to the Society of Classical Poets. NOTE TO POETS: The Society considers this page, where your poetry resides, to be your residence as well, where you may invite family, friends, and others to visit. Feel free to treat this page as your home and remove anyone here who disrespects you. Simply send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Put “Remove Comment” in the subject line and list which comments you would like removed. The Society does not endorse any views expressed in individual poems or comments and reserves the right to remove any comments to maintain the decorum of this website and the integrity of the Society. Please see our Comments Policy here. CODEC News:Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window) 4 Responses Sally Cook March 28, 2020 An excellent poem in every way. Fine illustration, too. Reply Margaret Coats March 28, 2020 A powerfully structured sonnet, with enjambments constantly breaking through the closed-quatrain variant of the Shakespearean rhyme scheme. The octave is lightning-struck; this gives a meaningful point to your strategy of description. Then there’s a real turn at line 9, and a most effective couplet that moves from a thundering line to a fine quiet ending. Very much appreciated the poem–and the endpoint that refers not just this experience, but every event, to the glory of God. Reply T.M. March 30, 2020 Thank you both. Very kind and encouraging. Reply Dave Whipman April 8, 2020 A skilfully constructed Petrarchan sonnet. Nice work. Reply Leave a Reply Cancel ReplyYour email address will not be published.CommentName* Email* Website Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email. Δ This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.