In 1965, Hurricane Betsy swept through the Bahamas and South Florida, then hit Louisiana coast, flooding New Orleans. During the four days of the storm, 75 people died.
No nuance. Got no whisper
in you, do you girl?
The idea was not
to stomp it flat, ‘trina,
all you had to do was kiss the land,
brush your thunderous lips against it
and leave it stuttering, scared barren
at your very notion. Instead,
You roared through like
a goddamned man, all biceps and must,
flinging your dreaded mane
and lifting souls up to feed your ravenous eye.
I thought I taught you better, girl.
I showed you the right way to romance that city,
how to break its heart
and leave it pining for more of your slap.
So if this was your way of erasing me,
turning me from rough lesson to raindrop,
you did it ugly, chile. Yeah, I truly enjoyed
being God for that minute. But unlike you,
rash gal, I left some of my signature standing.
I only killed what got in my way.
Science & Climate
an expression designed to call something to mind without mentioning it explicitly; an indirect or passing reference
a short quotation or saying at the beginning of a book or chapter, intended to suggest its theme
the attribution of human qualities to a non-human thing
a question asked for effect, not necessarily to be answered
a comparison between two unlike things using the words “like” or “as”