Thunder Belts Its Awesome Jazz


I’ve had some fun playing with the pantoum, a rather challenging poetic form. Here’s one I’ve revised a few times since it was first born at Wild Poetry Forum as a part of a creativity game.

Thunder Belts Its Awesome Jazz

Thunder belts its awesome jazz
in lonely straits of atmosphere.
Lightning adds staccato pizzazz
before clouds shed a single tear.

In lonely straits of atmosphere
the North Wind stirs her cauldron.
Before clouds shed a single tear
she must don her starry apron.

The North Wind stirs her cauldron.
Nimbus clouds boil within the pot.
She must don her starry apron
and prepare the brew like a criminal’s plot.

Nimbus clouds boil within the pot.
As the North Wind’s magic works
to prepare the brew like a criminal’s plot–
each batch has its separate quirks.

As the North Wind’s magic works
with music in the heavenly plane,
each batch has its separate quirks,
calling on snow, sleet, hail or rain.

With music in the heavenly plane,
lightning adds staccato pizzazz.
To call on snow, sleet, hail or rain
thunder belts its awesome jazz.

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