Lightning over Hampstead

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Dave Nealon
Dave Nealon


A brilliant thunderstorm one night when the family was gathered at a beach cottage. We watched it wordlessly for an hour and a half.


Lightning Over Hampstead

© 2015 Dave Nealon


a few hands of cards in the kitchen

till we move to the porch rocking chairs

out over the mainland electrons

blazing trails through the dark atmosphere


the sky laying siege to the coastlands

illumines a fortress of cloud

and each strike a new revelation

exposing our shadow and doubt


reflecting together in silence

intermittently midnight and noon

like the waves breaking on our dark island

spraying live oaks that shelter the dune