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The clouds in Iowa before the storm

This Summer I participated in the Iowa Summer Writing Festival at the University of Iowa in Iowa City. I wrote this poem as a homework assignment. I am not a poet and always thought that poems had to rhyme. I learned that modern day poems don’t. This is the first poem I have written since sixth grade.


The Iowa River flows by.

It has gained some water from the storms last night

There is a wind today, which feels cool upon my face

There are a variety of trees. Maple and a few Pines

The trees have much bigger leaves and a lot fuller than the ones in Phoenix

Green places indicate cold and snow in the winter months

It is becoming cloudy

The day is dreary

Condensation has accumulated on the windows in my room

Can’t wipe the windows

The condensation is outside

Can’t see the river

Makes me sad

Off to the coffee shop

The humidity is beginning to set in

Sweat forms on the top of my head

Trickles down my face and neck

The air blows but not frequently

Mostly cloudy with a chance of sunshine

The sky is white, grey

Not blue as it is in Phoenix

A slight cool breeze sweeps across my face

Maybe it will get cooler

Drink more coffee

The windows begin to shake

The thunder cracks

Lighting flashes but not visible in the day

Tornado Siren sounds

Warning on cell phone

“Take cover immediately. Tornado spotted nearby”

What do I do?

Go to the basement!

Hide in the bathtub?

Drink more coffee

Rain, thunder, lighting, repeat

The rain beats against the windows

The sun hides behind the clouds

The clouds have passed

The sun is visible

Beautiful sunset is possible

Bright orange and yellow colors glow in the sky

A storm turns into a good ending

Rivers and lakes fill with water

Trees grow taller

Flowers bloom everywhere

Farmers grow crops

People have food

Time for coffee.

Carol Kubota

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I am a retired ESL instructor. I am on a journey which includes writing, blogging, taking photos, and getting to know other cultures.

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