Above the sea’s churlish waves, thunder breaks.
Plumes of foam churn against onyx rocks.
In thick, purpling skies, turbulent clouds
rush and surge as swift spikes of lightning
char vast dunes of saw grass and spurge.
The birds have long sought cover,
wheeling on the wind’s fierce gusts.
We hold fast to the boardwalk’s railing,
huddled in raingear, holding hands,
straining to hear each other’s words.
My fingers curl around your ring,
dry, warm, as the torrent pounds.
Pia Taavila-Borsheim, Ph.D., is a tenured, full professor and teaches literature and creative writing at Gallaudet University in Washington, DC. In 2008, Gallaudet University Press published Moon on the Meadow: Collected Poems 1977-2007; Finishing Line Press published her chapbook, Two Winters, in 2011. Her poems appear regularly in literary journals and quarterlies.