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A Storm's Coming - Jan. 17, 2024

that’s what they say

though I’ve seen our desert

beat up clouds hundreds of times

kick them out a side door

send them running in tears


when I take the dogs out to pee

there’s a slim pointy moon

in a gauze of white vapor

a haze that threatens nothing

but a good night’s sleep


at 2 a.m. though

through my open window  

tap-dancers descend

onto the stage of my roof

before making ballet jumps


onto the leaves on the ground


but it’s the extended growl

from the mouth of the storm

that approaches which seems

aimed directly at me


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