Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Ocean Springs


The plane touched the earth again in Orleans Parish
walking , I breathed in the heavy southern air

that spoke of river, and mud, and gulf, and heat,
and swamp lands, in one long-congested breath.

Then off barreling down the concrete highway 

toward Ocean Springs
and catfish and family I go.

The black clouds were draped in curdled skin
eyed us, and the wind stirred them slow.

The day thunderheads hung
Heavy and green all hail-stone full.

Rolling across the dark bowl
blackened from edge to edge
with but a single shining slit lying low to the East.
A sleeping crescent moon lain down to nap.

I drug the chair from my motel room
and resumed a seat not sat in years,
upon my soon-to-be stormed porch.

The slow start of fat drops hitting
dust with a sloppy, full sound.
The rumbled humidity recedes for a few minutes.
My ears savored that old sweet song,
every word and verse.
Amen.

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