after the storms
he came out swinging
cutting chips off a hackberry with his axe
to feed the smoky fire
the whole park deluged. camp sites underwater
tents ripped up off their moorings
the sky turned orange
all his strength in his arms
he came out swinging for
the river swells
the walls of peat cannot contain her
the plain floods and the citizens run for their lives
had they only listened when she spoke
tugging on them from the murky depths
while they swam
on a windy night
a massive tree fell and took down the power lines
several blocks are out
now we light the candles and listen
to our heartbeats and the storm
and the rain
the coffee strong
the songs we joyfully butchered
the night long
our differences cast
over the blast of the nor’easter
he yelled give er a little gas!
the panting dog of a truck
fired up she clawed the wheel
he pushed with all of his might
defrosting in the booth
of a diner a half hour later
they laughed and laughed
and laughed #katyamills
we could tell the future
by the birds gone quiet
a change in the winds
our energy jumped
full of dread we shouted out!
like we gonna perish
then the storm subsided
left our faces wet and salty
lush and flush 4 the sunshine
when the storms of life strike the
rains the heavy winds we bundle up
and hunker down. i was spinning classics
for days calling out with the chorus
like forty years ago was only
I am troubled for her. I want an anchor to hold and keep her from dashing upon the rocks. There’s been time and room to navigate these challenges, to circle and play, to figure eight, collide the waves.
The surface stretches out like a canvas.
I have numbers to make sense of it.
I have broken her into lines.
Now it is late and the wind picking up. Consonants are overthrowing consonants. All must be sealed and lashed for the night. The vowels are howling. Hoping to withstand the harshest critique.
She has to hold.
A school of puffed up little clouds swam across the sky, chased by a storm, some were not quick enough, i saw them overtaken by the darker water vapors and manipulated into the greater whole. i myself was running, too, through a morass of thick mud and robust grasses, softened focus without my eyeglasses. i split into two and then into four (could have made eight if it weren’t such a chore). i once loved our leader, but not anymore.
There was a storm last night. The wind and rain assaulted the trees and many limbs were lost. A palm frond fell on my head as I was leaving my apartment and I forgot my name and yours. I broke into a car with keys I found in my pocket, to find shelter from falling stars. They tend to be much bigger and more dangerous in person. I noticed a warm light stretching out from an apartment in an adjacent building, so I opened the gate and entered the yard and walked cautiously up the stairs, which were littered with stardust, the skin of trees and wet leaves. I knocked on the open door and called into the light. Nobody came. That’s when I felt the tickle on my neck and realized my head was bleeding. Otherwise I wouldn’t have gone inside. How strange and fortunate to find pictures of myself and my family on a desk and table; I no longer felt so bad about my trespass! Clearly this stalker of me had great taste in art and food and music, I thought, as I snacked on their Blue Diamond sea-salted almonds and sweet peanut-butter coated granola bars while listening to the Jimi Hendrix Experience in stereo on vinyl. They even had my favorite hot sauce and moonrocks, and brown eggs, too. Then some baby tigers approached me and looked to me like I was their leader. I offered them coleslaw but they weren’t interested – not until I drew a puddle of sweet cream across a saucer for them.
Nobody ever came home, so I made the place mine with very little rearranging necessary. I even answered the phones with a catchy name I made up which was well-received, and all of the magical passwords which came to mind automatically, opened me into their systems so I could learn exactly who I was supposed to be, in one week time, and all my new clothes fit perfectly. How fortunate I cracked my head open on that singular stormy evening! Otherwise I might still have nothing and be nobody, and that was no way to be. Damn. Now I’m gonna have to consider paying taxes.