Dark clouds gather + block a stifling sun, breaking the heat
of oppressive summer days – we’re in a daze, at a standstill,
shops closed + mask-wearing maniacs stashing cash
under dirty mattresses in case of economic collapse –
Look! A lightning strike – a bolt breaks through gray sky +
groans of thunder shake, break windows of rusted-out homes.
Torrents of rain soak a leaky roof, water drips into a barren bedroom,
you light a candle, listen to the storm in the dark +
know that nature is fighting back.