Chalkboard Sky

Heat lightning in black chalkboard sky
the dusty air thick, skeleton bone dry
collapse of thunderstorm approaching, comes
haboob, a wall of dust encroaching while
spectral saguaros beg the gray lead clouds
to lighten their burdensome load
as the arid desert cries for relief from searing heat
in the form of cool down pouring rain

©2021 Linda Lee Lyberg

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36 Comments on “Chalkboard Sky

  1. Perfect title for this….I think of erasing chalkboards for the nuns when I was in grade school and that awful dry dust that got in your hair and your hands and arms and clothes! And then you’ve described the desert so well…and the haboob which when it carries the sand and dust can be so violent. Well done. I can feel the heat and the stinging stand blowing – the searing sun….and then can almost hear the oohs and ahs of earth when the cool rains come.

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  2. We could use some of that rain. Here along the Texas Gulf Coast about the only relief we get from drought and heat is when a tropical storm comes in. There was one today that came our way but wore down before it got to the western burbs of Houston. You told it well, deserts need rain also.

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  3. That’s such a stark image of the lightning in a black chalkboard sky, Linda, and the air ‘skeleton bone dry’. I feel great sympathy for the arid desert and everything that lives in it, and love the relief of the ‘cool down pouring rain’.Again, you’ve shown me the beautiful and terrifying extremes of the desert so clearly.

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