"Storm" first appeared in Silk Road (2007).



My dog runs circles in the backyard.  

The sky suddenly the color of rotting meat. 


Lightning a quick switch, welts of clouds.  

A flock of robins blasts from the weeping willow. 


My house lights cut out all at once. 

A garbage can bangs down the street.  


Has my father kept his angry promise

and come back?  I lock the door.  Listen


to the stomping on the roof.   Wet leaves

like open palms slap against the windows. 


Yowling at the front door.  The tom cat runs,

frightened, as though there is somewhere to hide.




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