Before the storm

The other day
the sun rose red
and orange
through perfect parfait
pastel pink
and grey

Today, Irene
spins high thin
cirrus arcs
along her northern edge
Which bled red
seaside morning warnings
And let the sun shine
horizontally
throwing gold
on eastern sides
of shoreline houses
detailing the old wooden
swingset
mired in vines
and outlining
patio furniture
that hasn't yet been
secured

(Sept 17, 2011)

Ann-Patrice Hickey