Poem – Brainstorm

This poem evokes images of Lincoln, England in November some years ago when I was incarcerated in The Lawn Hospital, a private psychiatric unit and one day managed to ‘escape’ into the town. On a descending road nearby I stopped in my flight and stood on the edge of what is known as the Lincoln cliff, looking down at the lights and houses as the late afternoon sun disappeared behind a thunder cloud on the horizon. I knew a storm was coming but I wasn’t sure whether it was the thunderstorm across Lincoln or the storm inside my head. I was later ‘re-captured’ and returnd to a locked ward.

 

Photo – Mouse Brain Cells glow in the dark

Brainstorm

A darkness of cloud hangs sullen

From a canvas sky.

Sheet lightning teases out

A tapestry of blue lace

Behind meandering clouds.


Flurries of rain dither

And slap against my face,

My head is down, I brace

Myself against the coming storm.

 

Storms I have seen before,

Stinging furies born

Out of blind perversity.

This one is meant for me.


Thunder in my head

And no rainbow to cast

Hope in the prism of the sky.

No God-like promises here.

This storm lasts forever.


It is mine.


Robert Barry

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About barrywhit

I am a retired engineer and I live in darkest Lincolnshire, UK. I am an author and when I retired, published a book in 2004 and another one in April 2008. I am now also a retired author!! If you have ever written a book you will understand what I mean. I am interested in science, aviation, philosophy, spirituality , politics, progressive rock painting (art not rooms) and films. I prefer wide open spaces to city centres. Lincolnshire has the biggest skies in the country and I love it. I am a left wing, liberal Anglican, I read The Guardian and Observer. I am a Republican at heart and an armchair communist!
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