Conrad Reeder

Rookie (Columbus, Ohio)

A Prayer for Wilma's Arrival


Gust – the whipping wind
wraps lovingly around dieing limbs,

releasing

them from the bondage of
limbo; that place between
alive and not quite dead.

Others not ready
to die – die anyway
cracked in two.

The splintered shards stab
at the free air.
The radar rumblings kick

dogs in the rear, lift
spirits out of a deep slumber.
Taken sand swirls in a twister

of wished potential – a
howling black melody skips over
cracks. A door bangs

to remind me the experience is shared.
The banging owns no
rhythm or rhyme.

The sound defies prediction.
Upper air balloons
fail to warn the

very people who set their
sails, while they sail away
to parts unkown conditions

deteriorate quickly.
The people, at this moment
in time, forget to care.

Like me, the people are
hiding in their safe room;
that place of phantom noises.

Fear breaks down the door,
the belching engine blows.
The Western Train Wall wails

and rolls over me.
Twitching, the grey squirrel
pauses briefly

at the unboarded window
to scrunch his teeny nose
as he scurries by for shelter.

To know what he knows
in his parallel world,
that would be something to know.

The Anima is a-walking
on a walk about,
cleaning house as she goes.

My sister calls to check.
“You’re alright? ”
I think no - and say yes.

I’m not alright – but
I’m not all wrong either.
Two worriers fix naught.

And so I pray –
Once upon a time the wind stops.
The banging ends.

Amen.

© October 24,2005

Submitted: Saturday, February 09, 2008
Edited: Saturday, February 09, 2008

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  • Rookie Goldy Locks (2/9/2008 11:26:00 AM)

    Glorious! ! Wow. Whishhhh.... all in one breath, it seemed! Enthralling from start to finish.

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