We Wait for the Storm

By Meilan Carter-Gilkey

We wait for the storm
See it in the distance
Feel it in our bones
We reinforce ourselves
Buy supplies and food
for battle

Some of us cover our ears and our hearts
Rocking
Rocking
Rocking
Others press face against glass
Cheering the destruction
Or planning the rebuilding
Our windows are blown open
rocks, leaves and glass spray us
Our reinforcements have not protected us against the grip of lightning
Waves force our doors open

Water is pooling around our feet
our waists
our throats

We cannot breathe
but
We are not drowning

We hold each other up
Fists tight
Backs straight
Wind cannot break us
Lightning only scars us
Rain cannot wash away the stain

Our heads towards the sky
Our mouths open
We scream louder than thunder

We are louder than thunder