The day is very hot
with a chance of thunderstorms.

As predicted, it begins to turn dark
and then a distant rumble.

As it grows darker,
the sound of thunder grows louder.

Then suddenly, a flash of light
followed by a loud boom.

Once the shock is gone
comes the sound of rain

with the dog and cat
together in my lap.


Dan Hardison is a writer and artist living in Wilmington, North Carolina. His writing has appeared at The Wise Owl, The Ravens Perch, Frogpond, Cattails, Contemporary Haibun Online, Chrysanthemum, and other print and online journals. His book “Quietude” is available from Lulu Press.