Dongguan weather

This poem is about the weather in Dongguan City. Because it is very hot there, every afternoon in the summer there were big thunder storms.

This poem is written in what is called alliteration. That means that the same sounds are repeated. The cumulously clouds climb up…you can hear the ‘c’ sound. To towering towers high, you can hear the ‘t’ sound. This is very good practice for pronunciation.

It is not a long poem so you can practice it often.


angst                              anxiety, worry

cumulous                      big high thunderstorm clouds

whining                         the sound strong wind makes

terrify                             be very frightened

gust                                  sudden strong wind

nigh                                soon, will soon be here

surrounds                   all around

vibrates                       shakes

e’re                                in poetry means’ before’

Dongguan weather.

The humid air is damp and wet

El ec tri cal ly charged

The people lift their heads in angst

There is a storm at large.


The cum u lous ly clouds climb up

To tow’ring towers high

The blue turns to the blackest black

A dirty darkened sky.


The whining windy wind winds up

The lofty leaves blow by

The gusting gusts they flick and tear

Enough to terrify.


The lightning lights my lifted face

It makes me close my eye

The flashing flash is blinding me

I know the thunder’s nigh.


The thund’rous thunder thunders loud

The noisy noise surrounds

The very air vibrates and shakes

The rumbling then dies down.


And then the dirty darkened clouds

Release the raindrops high

They splatter splish and splosh around

Upon the grass they cry.


Again the light – again the crash!

The stormy storm storms on

And then I see a slit of blue

The sun will shine e’re long.


I clearly see creations force

The majesty, the power,

I promise you it will be back

Tomorrow, ‘bout this hour.




Questions for review.

  1. What city is  his poem about?
  2. What is  alliteration?
  3. Underline some  of the words with the same sounds, ‘c’ or ‘t’.
  4. What season is this  poem talking about?
  5. Describe a thunder storm.
  6. What do cumulous  clouds look like?
  7. How does this  poem describe rain drops?
  8. How is a rain drop made? Do some research.
  9. What time of the day does this storm come?
  10. How often do these storms happen in summer in Dongguan?



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