A device I tend to use quite often when I write is to take the name of someone important in my life (most of the time, it's the name of a girl I like) and use that as the form of whatever it is I'm going to write. I usually get very short poems that way. So in this case, I guess there are two parts to this piece even though I never meant it to. I wrote a short poem using the name of a girl I like (think of it like an acrosstic (or however it's spelled) where the first letter of each line spells something up and down), and today I wrote another using her nickname and last name. I don't know exactly how they work together, but I assume they are variations on the same theme. Kind of. I don't know. Either way, both of these poems derive from the same person. In any case, the title 'Variations of a Storm' is for the latter, more recent piece. The first is untitled, although you can assume it to be a prelude to the other. Comments on either or both are appreciated! ------- Hold close now, hold tight another twilight forever gone ever clear the stars will light receive the sky we live upon. Always night. Never dawn. Every note is perfection, singing out in a soundscape of white noise. Golden ringing, strung together to form a melody of life to enjoy. Grains of sunlight in a storm, thundering, rife with dissonant tones. Yearning for sight, the rain reigns over a missing harmony of stones. Kissing in the wind, two themes meet. Lips of melody and harmony meld. Intertwine to form a complete song. Stones of tone together forever held. My sun and your sea become waves of light, a tidal force of the tolling bell.