In Poem

June 22, 1972: Allentown, PA

Hurricane Agnes

In a surprise landing

Pelts the land with

Rain

And

Wind.

She floods

The land

And the increase

In pressures

Drives pregnant mothers,

My mother,

 To labor.

Both howl

And

Rage,

Pain

In the wake

Boats floating

Lost toys

In the season

Of the

Hurricane,

In my birth,

Children’s homes destroyed

Lives lost

Lives gained—

The stopped heartbeat—

The recovery

The joy

The ache.

Hurricane

Agnes was nearly my name.

She is my legacy.

She destroyed.

Her water broke

She flooded

She gave birth

She demolished and grew

Fury

Anger

Suffering

Labor

Agnes

And my mother

Two forces

As One.

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