Facing the Storm

Facing the Storm


Years gather in clouds,

cast a shadow across the horizon.

Years bang on my bones

(like an angry neighbor on the floor above).

Time will subsume my being into the earth’s scars

until I’m not even a scratch

on the epidermal dust, nor even the least ripple on open water.


The storm is oblivion.

Ceaselessly meandering like Jupiter’s Great Red Spot.

It predates and postdates and informs me that I am

less than a raindrop in a weather event.


I gather my collar up on the back of my neck,

roll my shoulders forward

and narrow my visage toward the horizon.

Plant my feet apart and stand in the moment.

Certain to be swept away.

Yet stubborn as stone.