Next by J.K. Durick

Posted: July 12, 2015 in Uncategorized

The TV news tonight was about the weather
Severe weather in the Midwest this time
Thunderstorms, torrential rains, hail, and
Tornadoes setting down, “cutting a path”
Crushing barns, dropping trailers, houses
Turning to scrap; one they showed had its
Roof torn off and we could see, from this
Helicopter angle looking down, the shape
Shape of their lives, there was even a guy
Moving around, one room to the next
Perhaps he was searching for a family
Heirloom or a pet he forgot in the rush
The last minute or he might have been
Trying to remember things as they were
Safe, secure, private, and now an audience
Is watching him try to make sense of
Bigger questions: why his house and not
The neighbors’? Why now, after all these
Years? Is being alive, surviving, enough?
The commentator never mentioned it, but
This guy, walking through his ruined house
In the Midwest, is an everyman, represents
Us all, as we sit watching him on TV, while
The elements of our destruction wander
Around us, randomly choosing who is next.
J. K. Durick is a writing teacher at the Community College of Vermont and an online writing tutor. His recent poems have appeared in Eskimo Pie, Black Mirror, Poetry Pacific, Eye on life Magazine, and Leaves of Ink.

  1. Ron. says:

    Always refreshing to read anything shows that not everyone turns off their brain when they turn on the tube. You tell it well, portray the compassion. Salute.


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