Navigating the Storm by Jason de Koff

The typewriter tapping of raindrops on leaves,
accompanied by branches bending, creating sounds,
of waves crashing,
preludes the coming storm.
Bright white flashes illuminate the shadows, and
are answered by grumblings that grow louder.
The dialogue ensues with increasing intensity,
such volume, even pillows can’t muffle.
At the height of insanity,
a door slam,
and then gone,
dissipation now yields only rain.
The cooled soil has no energy,
for more activity in the near future,
a great understanding established,
between two opposing forces.

Jason de Koff is an associate professor of agronomy and soil science at Tennessee State University. He lives in Nashville, TN with his wife, Jaclyn, and his two daughters, Tegan and Maizie. His chapbook, Words on Pages, is currently available on Amazon. Follow him on Twitter @JasonPdK3.

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