I rather like the idea of being lightning more than thunder. Thunder is only a sound where as lightning is where all the power lies. This poem has elements in it that can be interpreted as universal as well as the fact that the poem itself looks like lightning. I rather enjoy it. Well done. It makes me laugh inside.
Can you publish this so that the world can read it? This is brilliant! I loved it, and yeah there are tons of changes that could be made to the form and so on but it is a piece whihc could easily take many shapes and i think that nearly all of them would be equally amazing, so I won't be making any suggestions there.
This is a favorite, the best piece Ihave read in a while!
This is a neat poem, and please don't be offended by the use of the word "neat." I only use it in special circumstances. :)
I like that you play with formatting to augment your words, whether to help clarify their meaning or to bring them into focus.
I do not consider myself a religious man, but I have tremendous respect for faith, so it is nice to see someone who isn't just reciting words, but rather living them, through senses, emotions, and actions.
Unlike a previous comment, I like the demarcation of the piece into "LIGHTNING" and "THUNDER" sections. That is sort of the feeling I get with both literal thunder and lightning and with the surge of emotion that certain people.images.deities inspire in me. You're counting down to thunder, you're expecting it, but it still comes with a certain surprise, a visceral thrill that reinforces the flashier visual of lightning with the aural and moving feeling of sound (vibrations).
What I like best though is that this poem does not enforce its message with authoritarian boundaries...you can see the intended message if you want, but it can also apply to the reader's own particular situation.
Anywho, sorry to ramble. I'm glad I was able to find this piece again. I stumbled onto it last night about 3 am and was unable to come up with a coherent comment (not that this one is particularly coherent). Good work...
One nit: @ the midway “lightning” is misspelled. I have only one major issue here, and that is the rather formal demarcation of the two sections of the poem, capitalized and set alone. It seemed to me to detract from the sense of process – of the lightning occuring in time, which is your description; and of the thunder following, again, in time. The separate titles make it seem a static category, and it’s obvious you want to express this as a ‘God in action’ process. Perhaps just substituting, “First came lightning...” and “then came thunder...” or something similar would make it seem a more integral part of the poem.
Also, I would not repeat the title as part of the poem text, as you’ve done at the beginning.
Alteredlife’s suggestion about the text formatting is interesting, and I think would also add to the poem.
All that said, this is nice. I’m not religious myself, but you have expressed the religious point of view well, steering a course deftly between declamation and sentimentality. It is direct in its expression, with wonderful imagery and metaphor (especially, “the clouds of your lips”).
An image of you flashes
Splits into my mind
Sky is dark around
The clouds of your lips:
Setting storms within me
The bolt in your mouth
Flashes the earth
In your silence
The glare of your lightening reflects.
After the light has traveled
Far enough to fasten
Into my conscience
The echo of you
Crashes to finally
Catch up to
I hear the heavens drum
The joy of my Salvation.
Interesting and very simple format, SS. I've left my only nitpick in parentheses, but the write itself is in no need of any major revision unless you chose to do so. But I can't think of a reason why you should. The formatting reminds the reader of a thunderbolt, and setting off the last three lines (rather than the last four, as Jase suggested) provides a pause for breath before the final proclamation that this act of nature is proof of the existence of God.
I've often heard it said that lightning is the Spirit of God and thunder is the soul's response to it. The number of seconds counted between each is the barometer of the closeness of the two. Just a thought.