Phailin


For all my friends facing the cyclonic storm
October 2013

Phailin
Beloved of Saturn
Turn your face from the fisher folk’s boats
There is sinking sand in their souls
and little in their huts
Sapphire jewel of the ocean
You rise and throw the fish about
ready to share your power but we are weak
Jeer at us but do not wreck a shore
A trembling land waits,
each gust is someone’s last leaf
No instincts left to show us a rabbit hole
The bare-chested are not brave, merely poor
fleeing from your powerful hiss
The first tree has fallen and a breath has flown
Some boats may never come home
Kids play in the little spaces between refugee mayhem
Lose your mighty heart Phailin
Abandon your deathly gifts in the sea
©Reena Prasad

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