April is National Poetry Month, so I am trying to focus on my poetry writing. I am an eternal optimist, but these days you need to be a realist. This poem didn’t start out being about our current situation; it was about the weather this week, but the poem had other ideas.
The whipping wind,
with its invisible
yet massive arms, pushed full force
against the side of the house
pelting the siding with pebbles
lifted from the empty flower bed.
But the house stood firm on its foundation.
The wind circled round
to the back of the house
wanting to rearrange
the deck’s chairs.
But the deck stood firm on its frame.
The wind raced around
to the front of the house,
knocking and knocking
on the front door.
But the door hung firm on its hinges.
Homes were being attacked
by an invisible nemesis
carried by the wind
person to person.
But the people remained firm in isolation.