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Monsoon Rain

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Willem
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0 posted 12-04-1999 01:11 AM       View Profile for Willem   Email Willem   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to Submit your Poem to Passions  View IP for Willem

Written after a hike through the mountains of
West Java a long time ago.


MONSOON RAIN

When finally the cool, dark night had fallen,
there were no sounds of drum or bamboo flute,
nor of the restless, stealthy stirring
of prowling killers and their prey.

And I was just another one of them
that barely breathed, just waiting,
in silent, anxious apprehension,
for fate to start its cruel play.

But then, a distant rumble, getting closer,
a hissing threat, as monsoon rain
hit smouldering mountain flanks
scorched by primeval fire.

A brutal gale tore through the sleepy trees,
awakening their shivering, shrinking leaves
with myriads of icey rain drops, as lethal
as strafing bullets, and as merciless...

And nowhere could we hide from nature's fury,
the blinding flashes, deafening thunder,
the clouds turned into raging torrents,
the awesome wedding feast of earth and sky!


by Willem
© Copyright 1999 Willem - All Rights Reserved
Eloise
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1 posted 12-04-1999 01:16 AM       View Profile for Eloise   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Eloise

Willem - Enjoyed this poem. I especially liked the last stanza. Good imagery!
Poet deVine
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2 posted 12-04-1999 05:43 AM       View Profile for Poet deVine   Email Poet deVine   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Poet deVine

We have monsoon rain here in the southwest, but I've never looked at it this way! Excellent!
caroline
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3 posted 12-04-1999 07:50 AM       View Profile for caroline   Email caroline   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for caroline

Excellent Willem Great imagery...and glad you made it safely through the storm!

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It's not the love you fear, but the fall from the height~Edwin McCain

Nan
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4 posted 12-04-1999 08:34 AM       View Profile for Nan   Email Nan   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Nan's Home Page   View IP for Nan

This is intensely visual, Willem.... Nice job for sure - Let's see more.....I'm watchin' for it....
Elizabeth Santos
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Willem
Thank you for the experience in Java. I had never been there before.
Very will written, Willem
Liz
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Willem...excellent job, your words are full of vivd imagery
Willem
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7 posted 12-04-1999 11:38 PM       View Profile for Willem   Email Willem   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Willem

Thank you for your kind commentary, friends!
This poem is one of my own favorites, because
I just can't help being overwhelmed by the
beauty of God's creation in so many places
I've lived and worked at, or even just seen
during a brief visit. And I want to include
the many nice people of every race, religion,
culture and language I've been privileged to
communicate with. This is a great world!

Willem
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8 posted 12-05-1999 06:41 AM       View Profile for Poertree   Email Poertree   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Poertree

HA .. you've been hiding this one Willem!

Really excellent imagery ..

Philip
 
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