To the thunderstorm I used to love,

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To the thunderstorm I used to love,

you pounded me, beat the windows with your fists, 
brought the rain down with your thunderous roar.
rarely, it would hail, and the melting ice would
gleam down the streets, still soiled from the 
summer day before you came and took over all daylight.

A severe thunderstorm warning went into effect around
2 a.m. - estimating to begin at 4 and
end at 9.

You came at 5, and it never ended.

While the rain once glistened, it now stings my skin, 
crushes my thighs, squeezes my hip, compressing 
pressing presser tightening twisting the calf, stabbing
the spine.

I am not in control. 

The purple crush of your swirling eyes is
a rush of wind - a cold front in the summer
mist - the shattering of a two-hundred-year-old tree. 

I saved butterflies from you only for them to suffocate in their cages. The rags indoors, the frames, they never stopped you - only the rain
prevented your fire.

You are right when you are gone. 

The road is a blurry mirror, aging eyesight in the wet darkness.

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