Poem of the Week: Hurricane Irene by Joey De Jesus

a garden of yucca rooted
in guayiga wine and storm
meaning one-legged poinciana
witching switches whipped

cloud wall coalesces
like an eye in the ether
of a womb, one eye
cinched anarchic—a ball

lightning furnace; unchained, un-
hinged anhingas in hurled
rain harrowed canefields
moss grows in island hummocks

you can’t weigh your mooring rope
around this waist. calamity
and palm snap—I can, I can—
comes laughing upcoast

a cacophonous flood,
a name, a nameless.

joey de jesus
Joey De Jesus

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