jamezilla1 (jamezilla1) wrote,

Hurricane Wait

You’ve lost all your sense sir

Once named by meteorologists

  after the most disruptive forces in their lives

    – their wives,

Then occasionally after men

  to show that you were expected to be particularly

    – aggressive.

Now names just alternate

  to demonstrate

  equal hate

Shows we expect equal danger from

  every mystery at any rate

This time the plan will work

  North Carolina juts out just far enough to deflect you

That’s what it’s meant to do
Carolina was put there to protect the Old Dominion

  one more reason it’s better to be Virginian

I digress

This is still going to be a mess

Just a bunch of rain this time

  still anxious how much of our town sits on the waterline

I stepped out front at One AM

  looking for signs like religious men
But I am a man of science so I look to bands
of clouds

  sounds of winds registering aloud

  directions they blow and rains come down

Not just now

Not now

No, this is the other thing
During the day there was a misty rain

  and driving home the first lines in the clouds arranged

Twelve hours later and there should be

    the barreling down of forces screaming death

But all the world here is holding it’s breath

Message on the phone says
“Don’t worry about me it’s quiet here”

    but I know I can be almost silent if I know there’s a

    – a hungry tiger lying near

So many move to my town

  want to pretend one can take this laying down

I know I’m looking my fortieth tiger in the twisty eye

  even if this one skates on bye

  I will continue to withhold my sign

    – until late Saturday

    – the calm wait is not a sign

  that everything’s fine

This is the test of your patience and faith

The storm you can’t see is there

  it’s lurking around the corner

  like a graveyard wraith

  unfed it does not simply stalk away

Now a second science comes into play

  snakes and deer left the neighborhood during the day

  birds and bats don’t dare flap a wing

  despite the still air – that’s the thing

And all stridulating crickets and grasshoppers make demands

  of negligent gods of whom we know little

  and without understanding

  human lovers’ patience grows brittle

And somehow Maryland thinks it’s time

  to tell Virginia how to read Carolina signs

    – of Florida weather.

September 6, 2019


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