ROMANCING THE STORM
(Two major hurricanes strafed Massachusetts’ coast in 1954, only the
second year that women’s names were officially used to designate hurricanes.)
was my first, right after
my eleventh birthday. I met her
at the beach, a surf tumultuous
enough to toss the diving raft
on shore, reminding me how
I thought I’d drown proving
I could swim way out to it.
But it was Edna, a month later,
who gave me her fierce gift.
She felled the playground
castles where I warred all
summer; salting the reflecting
pond where pollywogs tickled
my toes and rose blossoms
at its edges smelled like my
Ma’s perfume. All that destruction,
an ocean lashing my shore; even
granite seawalls couldn’t protect
- Since then, hurricanes excite
me as surely as some people
feel guilty after a climax.
DR DAVID B AXELROD was Suffolk County’s and is now Volusia County, Florida, Poet Laureate appointed for 2015-2023. He’s been published in hundreds of magazines, anthologies; twenty-two books of poetry—the newest, All Vows: New & Selected Poems. Read more about him at his website: www.poetrydoctor.org.