state of emergency

this morning i read of a hurricane
cyclonic & siphoning strength
from the atlantic, spinning a trajectory
so wide, 600 miles from the core
we buy batteries & bottled water

what were the odds
forces that rarely cross would meld
simultaneously
above the city where we speak of meeting
in a matter of days;
that potential of fronts
&  jet stream mirroring what turns in us
married to the full moon & high tide

this could be a storm of the century
clichéd and window-breaking
we invoke & braid together–
interhemispheric predictions
where weather science meets yearning
maximizing impact

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About Susan L Daniels

I am a firm believer that politics are personal, that faith is expressed through action, and that life is something that must be loved and lived authentically--or why bother with any of it?
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28 Responses to state of emergency

  1. Anna says:

    Wow, really like this. I love how you took the immediate news o’ the day and found poetry in it, made it your own. Very powerful.

  2. davidtrudel says:

    Susan, your creativity and perception and depth are wonderfully showcased here. Hope you weather the storm alright!

  3. Bruce Ruston says:

    ah like you invoking the last line Maximum impact

  4. unfetteredbs says:

    your depth is immeasurable woman..

  5. Leo says:

    Will be thinking about you yours. Be safe and give us a blow by blow account. Leo

  6. nelle says:

    Be safe, but within the safety, live the experience.

  7. the logic of nature
    without logic
    swirling and raging,
    rearing to go
    anxious minds watch
    its swirling march
    their hopes no match
    for its raw speed,
    but their dreams
    still colorful,
    dancing, defiant
    refusing defeat
    bent but never broken

  8. The Enfant Terrible says:

    Wow, I love the tension of this piece, I also love how you personalized the storm and infused it with emotion and passion. A whirlwind of words.

    • Thank you, Soraya! This is what I am sharing with Dverse today, methinks… When life and art fuse into a tropical cyclone…

      • The Enfant Terrible says:

        Hey, they call me Hurricane Soraya! I am trying to put something together for dVerse today. Though, so far all I have written about is Jewish children, Holocausts and Nazis.

        • well, those are big, big, big, and I would not say “all I have written about it… ”

          So, not sure whether I am sending this one or the latest– “losing by degrees (what we don’t give up).” Would LOVE feedback on which one you would send, were you me 😉

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