Sunday, October 2, 2022

OctoPoWriMo 2022: Day 2 - Thunderstorm


I remember being trapped in a pub in Kent, UK, years ago as a thunderstorm raged over the sea. The atmosphere was jovial, the views spectacular (though the photo above is sadly not mine!)...and let's face it, there were worse places to be stuck!

Perhaps, therefore, in your poem today, try to create contrasting atmospheres (of both cosiness and fear, for instance). A structure that has two clear parts, like a sonnet, might lend itself well to this. (I have posted a visual structure of a sonnet above in case you are unfamiliar with it.) Romantic poets like John Keats also frequently used sonnets and wrote often about nature. An ode (also beloved of the Romantics) would work well here too (again, some guidance is posted below). Failing this, a shape poem shaped like a lightning bolt and/or cloud would be equally evocative! 

Of course, the thunderstorm could be metaphorical or literal - regardless of the poetic structure you choose to follow.

Word prompt:






Remember, our prompts are only suggestions: you can find your inspiration wherever your muse leads you. Please visit the other participants, share the hashtag #OctPoWriMo on social media, and share your link in the comments below. Let us know how this journey into poetry is going for you and if this is your first year or if you have been with us from the beginning.

Happy writing!



  1. Here's my own effort:

    He flashed into my life
    with his light reaching me
    far faster than his sound.

    But when it did
    he came to hold me
    and illuminate my coastline

    far faster
    and far harder

    than any memory
    I'd ever known.

    Momentary in the minds
    of others,

    his lightning never could
    or ever would
    fade for me,

    vibrating visibly
    through my whole life forever
    in eternal thunder.

  2. (wanted to write an ode, time!)

  3. Today's poem. I loved the idea of waiting out a storm.

  4. Thanks for the prompt, Bianca. Here is my effort.




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