Tampa Lightning


Thunder and lightning
sturm und drang rolling o’er the bay;
low on the horizon
comes an electric storm of hail
breaking havoc, blowing transformers

leaving us in sparks and darkness
with only the sound of crickets and frogs,
the silence of my youth;
As I embrace a lounge chair in gentle sleep

you join me; kiss me
sharing the chair, limbs perfect and trembling
and we are young again
until you are gone
just like that,
awakened to the sounds of the lineman.







About toritto

I was born during year four of the reign of Emperor Tiberius Claudius on the outskirts of the empire in Brooklyn. I married my high school sweetheart, the girl I took to the prom and we were together for forty years until her passing in 2004. We had four kids together and buried two together. I had a successful career in Corporate America (never got rich but made a living) and traveled the world. I am currently retired in the Tampa Bay metro area and live alone. One of my daughters is close by and one within a morning’s drive. They call their pops everyday. I try to write poetry (not very well), and about family. Occasionally I will try a historical piece relating to politics. :-)
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5 Responses to Tampa Lightning

  1. toritto says:

    To my readers – my daughter and her hubbie dodged the bullet last night as Matthew stayed off-shore and the brunt of the storm passed by Ft. Lauderdale, moving north. We are all well. Regards from Tampa/

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  2. beetleypete says:

    Good poem, with the poignancy contrasted with by the electric storm.
    Turbulence rescued by peaceful and pleasant memories. Nice one.
    Best wishes, Pete.

    Liked by 1 person

  3. chicagoguy14 says:

    Good things all around and a masterpiece song written by the great Jimmy Webb. Can’t get any better than that. Onward! Roger

    Liked by 1 person

  4. Glad to hear it, Frank! Take care of yourselves! 🙂

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