She stands on a cliff
Head held high
The posture one of majesty
Towering above the still waters
The clear cloudless skies
Mirrored in the velvet of the waves
A glint appears in her eyes
A breeze springs up from nowhere
She shakes her hair, just a little flick
And a gust of wind caresses her locks
Like a conductor, she lifts one hand,
Makes it into a fist and pulls,
Dragging clouds, little and big
Across the once blameless sky
A smile curves her luscious lips
A stomp of her foot
And the winds increase
Cresting the waves
Crashing on the cliff far beneath her
She arches her back
Arms held high above her head
Directing the dance of the clouds
With little movements of her fingers
Teasing them hither and thither
Racing across the once blameless sky
She throws back her head
Laughter bubbling from her luscious lips
A blink of her eye and
A stroke of lightning coincide
The violence of the building storm
Electrifying the air around her
Sparks flying at the tips of her tresses
The last of the light leaving the heavens
Darkness descending
Her chest heaving in tune with the waves
Her breath coming out in gasps and sobs
Speaking of excitement and flaring passion
Lips opening with anticipation
A sigh escaping
A stroke of lightning illuminating her joy
In the instant of night
Following the flash
She holds her breath
Sways in the winds
Closes her eyes
And in the roar of thunder
Surrenders herself.

© Sybille Sterk
Do not copy or publish this poem in any way shape or form without my written permission.

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Inspired by the book of the same name, Stormqueen! by Marion Zimmer Bradley!.

I’ve always loved the book and the concept of a sorceress able to direct the weather (and storms).

Here’s the illustration to go with it:



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I am a very creative person and it’s my way of dealing with the world, inside and out. I am only happy when I am making things or painting or writing. There are just not enough hours in the day…. I am into poetry and photo manipulation at the moment and also dabbling in photography. :-)

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  • sandra .
    sandra .about 4 years ago

    Oh Sybille…I could feel the ‘storm’ building to its crescendo and I felt ’ her’ surrender… a wonderful write
    sandra x

  • Thank you so much Sandra. :-) I love storms and I’d love the be able to create one. :-) xo

    – Sybille Sterk

  • kevinmawson
    kevinmawsonabout 4 years ago

    Wonderful write,!


  • Thank you so much Kevin. :-)

    – Sybille Sterk

  • lianne
    lianneabout 4 years ago

    Wow Syb – this is pure magic carried to us on the wings of your gorgeous words and images. How wonderfully you have paced this so that they build towards the storm’s crescendo (darn – Sandra beat me to that word!) and we can feel the stormqueen’s utter delight in that. Fabulous poem!

  • Lianne, I am so pleased all this comes through. I love storms and the excitement and sensual pleasure of storms. There’s something so instinctive and immediate about a good storm…. xoxo

    – Sybille Sterk

  • Karlientjie
    Karlientjieabout 4 years ago

    Your words paint a picture clearer than a brush on canvas – stunning my friend!:)X

  • Thank you so much Karin. :-) Much appreciated.

    – Sybille Sterk

  • TheWanderingBoo
    TheWanderingBooabout 4 years ago

    wonderful writing

  • Thank you so much. It was fun to write and imagine. :-) xo

    – Sybille Sterk

  • Sally Omar
    Sally Omarabout 4 years ago

    Brilliant….your writing presents so many images!!!! Your art is absolutely beautiful!!! xoxoox

  • Thank you so much Sally. I love storms, especially when I get to be their creator. LOL xoxo

    – Sybille Sterk

  • wigs
    wigsabout 4 years ago

    utterly wonderful writing xx

  • Thank yous o much Wigs. :-)

    – Sybille Sterk

  • eoconnor
    eoconnorabout 4 years ago

    perfect poetry of a storm this and the image are magic well done !LIZ

  • Thank you so much Liz. :-)

    – Sybille Sterk

  • raymondoantonio
    raymondoantonioalmost 4 years ago


  • Thank you so much Raymondo. :-) I love her Darkover series. Well worth a read. xoxo

    – Sybille Sterk

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