at thunder

he raised a staff
of lightning
up
sent a shaft
into
the clouds

with two hands
he brought the staff
to ground

spoke the name
of thunder

thunder-r-r-r it rolled

the clouds lit
as though by a light
inside-
a flicker-
a strobe-
a message

spoke back the sound
that the staff
had called

spoke back
the sound
of thunder

thunder-r-r-r

he ground his staff
again-
again

the thunder roared
an answer

the lightning flashed
and around him
danced

laughing
brittle
as the wind
now howling

he laughed
to the sound
laughed at the noise

he laughed

ha ha
ha ha

laughed at the name
of thunder

thunder-r-r-r

thunder-r-r-r

~

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