Tuesday, August 9, 2022

Thunder Hole

Thunder Hole - Acadia National Park

I hike to Thunder Hole
where the water rolls and swirls
at high tide, the waves crash
with a thunderous boom

 patiently waiting in anticipation
for the moment when wind
and water conspire, shaking
the foundation under my feet

the ocean sprays cool the heat
on a hot summer day and I wonder
at this natural phenomenon that
pounds in the chasm below

I always thought lightning comes
before the thunder, but the sky
remains blue and the sun is
blazing yellow/orange...I wipe
the sweat from my brow, the salt
water burns my eyes

Perhaps, the lightning is the spark
of excitement that tingles as it travels
through my body at this precise rumble
in time

it’s said on a stormy day the thunderous
roar can be heard across the harbor
I wonder does Poseidon have bad days
today, the thunder is distant but audible
it occurs to me where are the whale songs
I put on my sunglasses and climb the cliff
edge for a fresh perspective,..one never
knows when lightning might strike

linking with earthweal
hosted by Brendan

author's note: I traveled to Acadia National Park
and spent some time at Thunder Hole


  1. It does look like a thunderous explosion.

  2. You took me right there. I love the name Thunder Hole. I THINK thunder comes first, then lightning. Strangely, given the earthweal challenge, this morning there was loud thunder. Synchronicity, we dont hear it often here. I love the lines about wondering about whale songs. I havent seen a whale this year yet.........but they are here, so many of them.

  3. Such sensory images in this. You really take us into the midst of the land/seascape. Poseidon has been on my mind too.

  4. I LOVE your poem which goes with the image superbly.
    I also saw and loved your contribution to my words for wednesday post. Will you allow me to put it back? I am sure that other people will enjoy it too, but I won't put it up if you would rather not.

  5. The intimate & secret connection between thunder and lightning is the beholder's mind - they leap from the same interface. Your Thunder Hole is such a fine place to discover this.

  6. Lots of vivid imagery and striking lines in this. You manage to reproduce this natural phenomenon which I've never encountered and make it real before my eyes, "..the moment when wind
    and water conspire," and the questions you ask round everything out. And no, you never know where lightning may strike.

  7. Beautifully evocative - and indeed, one never knows!