Tuesday, July 22, 2008

A Craving

I want a summer storm.

I want masses of clouds in shades of blue and gray, so dark they look like ink spilled across the sky. I want chaotic forks of light to rip across the darkness, startling in their contrast and brilliance. I want the air heavy and hot, full of anticipation. I want thunder that you feel before you hear. And then--

I want rain. I want a deluge, the sky simply pouring its collected wealth down into the waiting earth. I want rain so heavy and complete that you are soaked through to the skin by merely stepping off of the porch. I want to run in mad circles, laughing and slipping on the grass, chilled in spite of the warmth still radiating from the ground. And then--

I want to go inside and peel off my heavy, sodden clothes with shaking hands and slip into something warm and soft and far too big. I want to sit in a window seat in a creamy yellow room with dark wood furniture, listening to the rain playing with the quaking aspens directly outside. I want to breathe deeply and let the smell become a part of me. I want to watch the rain fall and hit and bounce up again, the earth too filled to accept it. I want to think about nothing important, and tell myself stories there by the window by the rain.


Natalie said...

That's beautiful. I love the rain.

Have you ever heard of Forks? I hear it rains there a lot. You should go on vacation there.

Kiersten said...

lol. No, I'm talking a real summer storm, like they have in Utah, where it comes out of nowhere, exploding suddenly out of the blistering heat, and leaving just as fast as it came.

I love rain, too. Bummer for someone who lives in San Diego.

Natalie said...

We're actually having a lot of those lately. Flash flooding in the south. I know what you mean.

I still remember a particular storm from when I was 19. It was incredible.

Flynn and Keira get stuck in one of those kind of storms:) Sigh.

Kiersten said...

Please ask the weather to kindly save a storm for when I come visit.

Last year when I visited in August there was one, and I took Nayna out and we danced around the grass until we were dripping. It is a favorite memory of mine.

And yeah, that's exactly how I pictured that scene ; )

Renee Collins said...

You want rain? Come to Ohio. We've got more rain than you could ever want.

Actually, I too love a good summer storm. And the Utah variety are much more enjoyable than the Ohio kind.

Last night we had a doosy of a storm. At 3 a.m., a huge rumble of thunder woke me with a start. I felt oddly wide awake, so I laid there in my bed and watched the lightening through my window. It looked like a strobe light in the clouds. Seriously, so cool.

Sarah Laurenson said...


How lovely. You paint a marvelous picture and hit several of the senses. Beautiful.

Kiersten said...

Thanks, Sarah. My life was, hmmm, not lyrical today. This was what I imagined. Instead my highlight was catching puke in my hand.

And Renee, that sounds so cool. We never get thunder here.

Spinch said...

I had one of those yesterday. Torrential rain, lightning and thunder striking within yards of me, CATS AND DOGS LIVING TOGETHER, MASS HYSTERIA.

Unfortunately, it happened while I was seeing a concert in an amphitheater.

Kiersten said...

lol, Spinch. That'll make for an interesting concert experience.

Apparently I'm living in the wrong part of the country. Alas, stupid perfect weather...lame.

writtenwyrdd said...

I love the big storms you get in the Southwest during the summer. Here in Maine, it's not quite the same thing. Rain last night, cloudy and sullen today with 80% humidity. it's high 70s and it is sticky and uncomfortable. At least it isn't hotter!

Kristan said...

Those are my favorite kinds of storms too. Especially if there's lots of lightning. :)

Texas is good at them, if you're ever looking for a place to move. East Texas, specifically.