Kim Barney

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Angry Storm - Poem by Kim Barney

The storm is an angry lion;
With one hoarse, strident roar
He sends the small animals
Scurrying to shelter.
The gnashing of his teeth
Is a flash of sparks
That precedes the raucous
Rumble of his voice.
His nebulous mane is dark and dense,
A signal of his danger.
With an icy claw
He strikes and slashes the saplings,
Striving to evict his prey.
Failing in this,
He drenches their domain
With bitter tears of rage.

Topic(s) of this poem: animals, cloud, coldness, danger, nature, nebula, noise, rain, shelter, storm

Form: Free Verse


Poet's Notes about The Poem

This poem was originally published in the newspaper Salt Lake Tribune in 1973, and in 1975 in the book Utah Sings, a collection of poetry by Utah poets.

Original title was
'The Storm', but if you do a PH search for that title, it is not found, so I am changing the title today (8 April 2017)to see if a PH search will now find it.

Comments about Angry Storm by Kim Barney

  • Soran M. HSoran M. H (1/3/2020 3:28:00 PM)

    He drenches their domain
    With bitter tears of rage.
    wonderful poetic descriptions of the mother nature has been found with amazing technique and strong language..well done 10++
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  • A B FanikiA B Faniki (10/20/2019 6:58:00 AM)

    Nice imagery. Thanks for shaing such simple and delightful piece. (Report)Reply

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  • Kim WeserKim Weser (3/19/2019 9:26:00 PM)

    Great poem. What a perfect way to describe a storm so descriptive like a wild animal on a murderous rage. Bravo. I enjoyed the read (Report)Reply

    Kim BarneyKim Barney(3/20/2019 11:28:00 PM)

    Thanks, Kim.
    Comments are always appreciated.

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  • Grace JessenGrace Jessen (4/15/2018 12:32:00 AM)

    A great poem! I think this is one of your best. I am adding it to my favorite poems list. (Report)Reply

    Kim BarneyKim Barney(5/19/2018 6:39:00 PM)

    Thank you very much. This has always been one of my favorites.

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  • Lawerence Mize (2/16/2018 5:10:00 PM)

    Great write, great read. Powerful little poem. (Report)Reply

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  • Michael WalkerMichael Walker (11/20/2017 8:58:00 PM)

    A striking analogy between the threatening storm and a fearsome lion.
    A sparkling, lively poem.
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  • Rebecca NavarreRebecca Navarre (11/14/2017 7:19:00 PM)

    Again! ! ! ! ! Incredible! ! ! ! ! Wow! ! ! ! ! Ever So
    Powerfully Painted! ! ! ! ! Thank You So Much
    For Sharing This! ! ! ! ! Endless 10S! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! +++++
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  • Savita TyagiSavita Tyagi (7/26/2017 8:44:00 AM)

    Wow! An antique piece of poem! And sure a good one. It is inspiring to know that you still keep bringing so many good poems. Are you really 102? God bless you great grand pa! (Of poetry) ! (Report)Reply

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  • Smoky HossSmoky Hoss (7/22/2017 9:49:00 AM)

    Nature's rage, beauty and deep mystery all in one tremendous poem; superb! (Report)Reply

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  • Herbert DryHerbert Dry (7/19/2017 2:58:00 PM)

    Very descriptive, a raging loin and an angry storm both leave havoc in their path. (Report)Reply

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  • Kim BarneyKim Barney (4/8/2017 7:08:00 PM)

    At the suggestion of Wes Vogler, I have changed the title. Now with this new title, the poem can be found with a PH search. Before, it could not be found. (Report)Reply

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  • Laurie Van Der HartLaurie Van Der Hart (3/14/2017 4:20:00 PM)

    Hey Kim! You mean you wrote this back in 1973? So you are really 102... Took up your challenge to read and I can see why you wanted some feedback. It's brilliant! A very effective, sustained metaphor. So fitting to compare a storm to a lion. I love the tears in the end. Never seen a lion cry before, but I'm willng to believe it! I'm African, remember? Laurie (Report)Reply

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  • Spock The VeganSpock The Vegan (2/28/2017 10:16:00 PM)

    Great poem. This one works well without any rhyming...10 (Report)Reply

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  • Christopher TyeChristopher Tye (2/22/2017 2:50:00 AM)

    Wonderful poem, really conveys the power of nature in action. (Report)Reply

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  • Rebecca NavarreRebecca Navarre (11/25/2016 7:18:00 PM)

    How Powerfully Etched! ! ! ! ! Strongly Moving Poem! ! ! Very Vivid! ! ! ! ! Excellently Done! ! ! ! ! !
    10S! ! ! ! ! Thank You So Much For Sharing This! ! ! ! !
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  • Michael WalkerMichael Walker (11/11/2016 5:15:00 PM)

    A lively extended metaphor with the storm and the lion.
    'Tears of bitter rage'-heavy rainfall.
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  • Bri EdwardsBri Edwards (8/5/2016 10:12:00 PM)

    evict his prey...............i don't know what this means. hmm?

    if the stupid storm hadn't sent the small animals scurrying for shelter,
    it would have been possible, perhaps, to evict some of them (IF THEY
    are the prey referred to in the poem. it was poor
    planning on the storm's part. surprise attack is best!

    since i don't see in my earlier comment mention of putting it in an earlier showcase, i'll assume it will be
    a new experience for The Storm to grace one, in this case the AUGUST 2016 showcase for PH poets, on my site; search my poem list for 'august 2016 showcase'.

    bri :) ROOAARRRRRRRR! ! !
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  • Nosheen IrfanNosheen Irfan (3/1/2016 11:09:00 AM)

    Amazing imagery. Im so impressed. It conveys the ferocity n terror of a sitorm very well. Great work Kim. (Report)Reply

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  • Wes VoglerWes Vogler (11/6/2015 7:18:00 PM)

    Having said that..(my favourite) Would you like to re-write it in rhyming form? If not, I shall, and become plauded for my cleverness. Of course I am dealing with the monster (poet ego) here. (OH THE AUDACITY) (Report)Reply

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  • Bri EdwardsBri Edwards (3/11/2015 6:51:00 PM)

    i gave up using the computer to translate/explain the writing in the photo (used magnifying glass first) . some turkish city i believe.

    poor storm! how discouraged it must have been! had to find the correct definition for nebulous (cloud-like) before i could ok this poem. OK! gee, cloud/could...........so similar!
    bri :)
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    Wes VoglerWes Vogler(11/6/2015 7:04:00 PM)

    What the? only two ratings since March. I think the title is responsible for this ignoring. The search does not bring it up until you go to the poems of Kim Barney It is a great poem and deserves exposure
    THIS IS NOW MY FAVOURITE POEM BY KIM BARNEY 10

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Poem Submitted: Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Poem Edited: Wednesday, May 1, 2019


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