A sudden storm by Pius Oleghe

The wind howls; the trees sway,

The loose housetop sheets clatter and clang; 

The open window shuts with a bang,

And the sky makes night of day.

Helter skelter, the parents run,

Pressed with a thousand minor cares,

Hey, you there! Pack up the house wares, 

And where on earth is my son?

Home skip the little children;

Where have you been you naughty boy? 

But the child feels nothing but joy,

For he loves the approach of rain.

The streets clear; the houses fill,

The noise gathers as the children shout

To rival the raging wind without,

And naught that can move is still.

A bright flash, a lighted plane,

Then from the once blue heavens,

Accompanied by noise that deafens.

Steadily pours the rain.

Exciting performance by Mshai Mwangola

Published by Cynthia K Abdallah

Cynthia Abdallah is a Kenyan author of the poetry chapbooks, My Six Little Fears, and The Author's Feet, and The Musunzu tree and other stories collection. Her work has appeared in numerous online magazines and in print. Poems: in The Tokyo Poetry Journal-Japan, Kwani Uchaguzi edition 8-Kenya, Ake review, Quailbell Magazine-USA, Bodies, and Scars anthology by Ghana Literary Journal. Short stories: Kalahari Review-Kenya, Nalubaale Review -Uganda, Active Muse-India, IHRAF, Women narratives on power USA, 2021. Cynthia also contributes to the Life and Style section of the Nation newspaper. and is also a filmmaker. Her films are streamed on shaharavideos.com Recent recognitions and awards Recipient of Jahazi Press inaugural Masterclass 2022 May-Aug . My Film, Inyumba Yu Mulogooli, was selected in the recent Kalasha International film and TV Market festival with screenings in Nairobi, Nakuru, Kisumu and Mombasa from June 10-26, 2022. Recipient of Filamu dada women empowerment opportunity by docubox.org., highlighting female leaders. EDUCATION Bachelor of Education degree ( Linguistics and Literature), Kenyatta University class of 2010 Fulbright scholar, Foreign Language Teaching Assistant, Brown University: 2012-2013 Currently: Teacher of Language and Literature and IB coordinator in Caracas, Venezuela.

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