A dodgy bit of poetry

for Sadje’s What Do You See? photo prompt.





Sea still

Water calm

The calm before the storm

Captain frowns

Trawler drifts

Drifts toward the dawn.

Black clouds

A rising sun

A sky of red and grey

Eerie silence

Deathly quiet

Stillness starts the day


Then sheeting rain

A blinding light

A silver lightning’s flash

A sudden wind

A roaring noise

The noise of thunder’s crash


A rapid fall

A dizzy rise

Tipping left then right

Atop a wave

Deep in a trough

God save us from our plight


The storm abates

The gale subsides

The wind, the waves, the rain

It’s back to work

They’ll work until

Foul weather strikes again.


Image credit; Johannes Plenio Unsplash



28 thoughts on “A dodgy bit of poetry

  1. Sadje Mar 20, 2023 / 13:54

    I love this poem Keith. In so few words you’ve written of the storm, it’s effects and aftermath. Thanks for joining in.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Christine Goodnough Mar 20, 2023 / 14:08

    Nice one. Sailing ships through storms was always a dodgy affair — which s why the Navy needed press gangs.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Keith's Ramblings Mar 20, 2023 / 17:18

      I had a few choppy rides in my Mirror Dinghy, but nothing like that thank goodness!


  3. s.s. Mar 20, 2023 / 14:27

    This is great Keith. Love it!

    Liked by 1 person

  4. beth Mar 20, 2023 / 17:43

    Mother Nature in a bad mood


  5. Patricia Mar 21, 2023 / 02:56

    You do know how tell a story. Your words made the storm a reality. I think you have been hiding your poetry promise.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Keith's Ramblings Mar 21, 2023 / 17:15

      I’m delighted it worked Patricia, I might just release it now and again!


  6. Dawn Mar 22, 2023 / 10:36

    Wonderfully done, Keith! I could feel the pitch and roll of the storm, and the relief when it passed! 💞💞💞

    Liked by 1 person

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