Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Storm Warnings by Deborah Purdy

Since yesterday
tea leaves tremble
in the clouds, clues
we don’t notice
dance closer to the
surface, blind to the
symptoms of a cyclone

A glance into a glare
into a gale – the state of
our skies suddenly
Twigs from the grass
turn into timbers

The situational storm
changes our minds -
From fire
a calm and coming
final frost

You pull a compass
from your pocket
as we drift away
in different directions

Deborah Purdy lives in the Philadelphia area where she writes poetry and creates fiber art. She is originally from Virginia and holds B.A. and M.A. degrees in psychology from Hollins University, and an M.S. degree in library science from Clarion University. She has been a research scientist and a librarian.