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How the Storm Keeps Me Warm
By John Gregory

Why has lightning never been frightening
to me, but a sense of security?

Why do I love a sky turned green?
What can the comfort of tornadoes mean?

How does the wind hold up its chin
when rainbows look down their nose?

How do acoustic shadows shed
silences in civil wars of sound?

The last question I ask forms my mask:
should I ask it in the casket or before?

John Gregory is a poet and stay-at-home dad living in Belmont, Massachusetts. He has previously taught high school English in Nashville, Tennessee. His work has been published in a number of journals and he also has a growing audience on his website

Copyright 1999 Manitou Publishing Co. & John Gregory • All Rights Reserved.

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