Lucy Visits Her Favorite Watering Hole, Despite Weather Alert

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Tornado

She puts her heart in the basement
where she can find it later,
a puppy under rubble.
A man’s finger is the tail
of a tornado, slipped under the strap
of her dress, hook and tug, the roof
lifts off the house. Raze her.

When her mother calls the next morning,
she doesn’t tell her how much
time it’ll take to repair her structure,
or how much money, or speak
to the irretrievability of shards.

After the garbage truck has scooped
another dumpster into its blue arms,
upended all the secrets into his chest
and driven off, she watches
boys pick up the empties left behind,
toss them against cinder blocks,
training to crash and shatter
their way through the world.

 

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About Author

Amber Shockley was awarded Gray’s College Bookstore’s Award for Creative Writing in 2002. After a ten year hiatus during which various, sordid things happened, she reappeared as a finalist for Reed’s Edwin Markham Prize in 2012. She received her MFA in Poetry from Queens University of Charlotte in 2013. Since, she has published sporadically in print as well as in online journals and blogs. Her poetry focuses on women’s experience, poverty and mental illness.

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