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.


Sybille Sterk

Cambridge, United Kingdom

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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).

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