So Soon the Thunder Rolls

April 15, 2020


In the distance the thunder 

but the mosquitoes 

are swarming. 


Life implodes. 


From out of the shadows and 

swampy places, they ferry 

and probe for warm and 

tender spots to draw their blood. 


They carry on the wind. 

They dance against the moon 

and invite themselves into 

quiet nights and 

cabin-ed conversations. 


Brighter days of sun 

hordes can destroy, 

with eagerness 

and numbers.  


But the thunder rolls 

and soon, sweet rain, 

the end of torment. 


We retrieve what we can 

but days can be lost. 


New legions take the swarming place. 


We suffer. Our world looks different. 

Beauty turns to restless discontent, 

the eagles now mere objects in the sky. 


The August sun a parchment. 

The blush of nature, 

only dulled and empty. 


But the thunder rolls and soon, 

sweet rain. 


The earth is revived. 

The summer is extended. 

The life force is back. 


And we can reach into the level 

of our dreams to whisper 

of good news once again.



Did you know than an adult mosquito can fly up to 14 miles in its search for a host?   ( 


Or that mosquito wings beat 300 to 600 times per second? (


Such is the wonder of this troublesome pest 

I can so happily destroy 

with a slap of the hand.



John A. Bragstad is the author of two books: Compass Season and The Poetry of Life BOTH available at Amazon. 



Images courtesy of a great site:

Please reload

Recent Posts

September 26, 2020

September 24, 2020

August 8, 2020

Please reload


Please reload


  • Facebook

Birch River Books

Grand Marais, MN 55604, USA

©2019 by Birch River Books.