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Poetry Corner: DAYS OF THUNDER

Introducing a new series of poems by Julian Matthews. Julian is a writer and Pushcart-nominated poet published in The American Journal of Poetry, Autumn Sky Poetry Daily, Borderless Journal, Beltway Poetry Quarterly, Dream Catcher Magazine,  Live Encounters Magazine, Lothlorien Poetry Journal and The New Verse News, among others. He is a mixed-race minority from Malaysia and lived in Ipoh for seven years. Currently based in Petaling Jaya, he is a media trainer and consultant for senior management of multinationals on Effective Media Relations, Social Media and Crisis Communications. He was formerly a journalist with The Star and Nikkei Business Publications Inc


By Julian Matthews

Yesterday, I swallowed a cloud
thinking it would taste like cotton candy
but it felt like compressed rain
and scarred my tongue

Lightning cracked my soul
and a full-blown storm
poured out in a single
torrential tear

Today, the separation between us is a desert
a devil’s claw in the bosom of shifting sands
and when night comes
I will be cold as carcass, again

Tomorrow, I’ll awaken in this thaw
squandering dew from your leaving
Hope trills like thunder in the distance
and I will weather this weltschmerz
awaiting lightning
to strike again

First published in The Storms Journal, Ireland

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