Hurricane Sky

boiled water over the camping burner

coffee beans hand-ground in the 

three coolers full of ice

empty the fridge

hot afternoon, cold chicken on bread

drive to the store to pick up the baby's birthday gift

boil water, tea

drive to the next city for dinner

past horses, felled trees, power poles snapped

but there are more stars than we can remember

a sprinkle of sugar over a blackboard

baby's never seen such a sky 


Raquel Gilliland is a Mexican-American poet and painter inspired by folklore, myth, lupine and quartz. Her work has been published or is forthcoming in Dark Mountain, Rattle, Luna Luna, Immanence, Alaska Women Speak and Venus Magazine

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