The West wind followed the quarrelling clouds
Encircled them, gave a fillip goaded to move
And drove to mountains waiting shrewd
But calm collected and cool
Ready to condense, decant
The pure fluid from pregnant clouds
As distilled beverage for the thirsty
Scorching throats of the world
Yearning for a rain instant
The brooding dark blue clouds
In multitudes rallied round
The high walls of the mount, divided
Stood, like battalions bound to fight
for the party favoured
The wild wind whistled
Like battle horn, amplified
A call for battle, and battle joined
Clouds exploded, emblazoned the sky
The dazzling glow of fire
Silverlined the darkish clouds
In feud, and left the heavens
Down on earth flashed
And then caused an uproar
So deafening as atomic blasts.
The tumultuous noise and lights
Shuddered the entire world,
Cobras lowering hoods
To holes withdrew
Peacocks danced, rainbirds delighted
And winged a joyous flight.
© 2011 Anuj Nair.
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