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Gewitter means thunder storms - a good metaphor for my partner, the artist Inge Schlaile

Gewitter: With Inge

Screen_shot_2017-12-05_at_08.50.24by Patrick Howse22 Oct 2013

The Munich night
Blazes with lightning,

Striking again and again
Illuminating the full sky,

Searing light scorching
Through the rain,
Through the darkness,
Through bodies, almost
X-rays, showing bones.

The streets run
In monsoon torrents,
And still the clouds
Shine brilliant,

Bashing light,
Hammering electricity
Into the earth,
Pummelling sparks
Into holes left by hailstones.

Each blow must be the last,
Yet always another comes.
Breath is expelled
By the static in my lungs,

By the power surging
Through my heart
Through my veins
Through my blood

Into my soul.