Monday, 5 September 2011



the ex-gamekeeper
an octogenarian
with gray-less black hair
recalls the ball of lightning
hover outside his window

never reaching ground
it suddenly exploded
masses of water
his wife is on the toilet
the bang nearly frightens her

© Gerald England

Composed: Gee Cross, 31st July 1999

Publication Panda (UK)

1 comment:

  1. I actually saw such a strange ball (a blue one) in Blackburn and it was shortly after a big thunderstorm over Haslingden Moors Old Roman Road near Darwen area. Pickup Bank I think it's called. It was that night when York Minster got struck.

    Your poem is really appealing!