The day has broken into a piece of the night
The ground is pregnant below my feet after the rain
We are left wet with echoing screams
What a fool I have been to wish for the passage of time,
costume myself as the conqueror of life the faster it brings death
thunder claps and now we know more of hidden power
the shattered rib, the beating heart, ear to ear
self to self, self to sky, arms high
the spectacle has become familiar posture
enlightenment as a voyeur’s delight
God has given us life to know one another
(I know you too well to escape the screams of mutual thunder)
the Earth will wait as fertile body
human seeds sprouting violent and anxious for sun
we are wet with hope
He made us to know one another and it may never be
tonight you have life only to know yourself.


About Kate Houck

Educator. Human. Poet. Seeking truth through experience.
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21 Responses to Thunder

  1. Wow! This is very profound, Kate! I love the references to nature and earth! Simply beautiful!

  2. astridswords says:

    Beautiful words! We are all a part of nature and the gifts it provides =)

  3. Powerful and poignant poem Kate. May we seek to know and love one another.

  4. “He made us to know one another and it may never be
    tonight you have life only to know yourself.”

    You have some incredible talent with how you put so many words together.

    Great job!

  5. JC says:

    This is such a wonderful reading experience. I could name any number of lines that are my favorites. Thank you for this.

  6. 5h2o says:

    You had me at the first line. Lovely and thoughtful throughout.

  7. sheldonk2014 says:

    Powerful powerful
    Great read ,beautiful

  8. Geo Sans says:


  9. sanberdooboy says:

    very effective. so much energy and tumult in the poem leading up to the final two lines, which read like wisdom.

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