“Birth of a Hurricane”
It’s steamy in the southern Keys tonight.
Her air is thick. She tastes of salty fog.
A quiet’s fallen with no birds in sight.
Her ocean swells; she’s pregnant with resolve.
Her palms now twist and spin and wave their skirt
and fall too quick from fluttered warmth beneath.
She waits; that stronger flash begins to flirt
as light’ning promises some stiffer teeth.
Expectant, gray light pushes down this beach:
a rising, higher tide begins to form
of something coming just before the breach.
Still, hesitant, and wavers ‘fore the storm.
She’s here! She’s pushed a new-born screaming style;
she’s grown a full-blown wind to squall awhile !