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Naming a Hurricane

By Barbara Sweeney

Daughter of storms,
caught between latitudes,
the weather of your adolescence
gales from the calm,
clear center of childhood,
rains down on our middle age,
electrifying the air.

For years, hurricanes were named
solely after women.  Names
that meant wreckage,
downed power lines, roads
strewn with trees.
Storms howled through the alphabet:
Alice, Betty, Camille, Donna,
Ellen, Francis, Gladys,

Lauren.  Nothing prepares us
for these high winds.
We face your sightless strength
without power of our own.
We look backwards, searching
for mistakes.
We look forward.  Nothing
but nature’s long perspective,
careless, fearless,
bowing to no god.