The ones who stayed
and braved the storm (together)
looked a lot like us
(had we dared to survive).
In love and leaning against
each other’s spine. Holding back
the wind that came to rip away.
The force with which their tragedy
arrived met them ill prepared.
A force so strong it swept
them to surrender. Now,
they are on their bellies
hanging on to the crook of
each other’s hands. Praying
with their eyes closed and
veins strained because
there isn’t much choice when
the pillar collapses nor is there
a way to keep the ground from
shaking. There is only the need to
survive and the blades are rotating
with enough conviction to generate
a spark that will transcend pain.
I see them in the middle of this
cyclone rotating clockwise
I see them tattered, when it calms,
still holding on by the fingertips.