Monday, August 14, 2017

"elusive red sprites" by Lauren McBride

elusive red sprites
dancing atop
thunderstorms

--Lauren McBride

Poet’s Notes: Red sprites are extremely brief, rarely observed electrical bursts that occur high above powerful thunderstorms. Although witnessed for at least a century, it wasn't until 1989 that they were first photographed leaving no doubt of their existence. The word "sprite" inspired my hay(na)ku personifying this space weather phenomenon as fairies or pixies evading detection while dancing on storm clouds.


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