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Cataracts and Hurricanoes, by Joseph O'Brien

Joseph O’Brien
Joseph O’Brien

—for Poff 

We settled to great small talk on the back porch

Despite green skies and scratchy radio warnings;

The beer was cold and the rain came down in sheets

To simmer a stew in the gutters — Texas summer

Was wild with the life of a single weather pattern.

We smoked it, talked it, and drank away the hours… 

But your life was revolving one way, off-kilter,

With crazy winds dividing and threading through

Your attention to studies, love and betrayal.

And I was turned another way, tearing up and away

From Dallas — though at that moment friendship,

A loose roof shingle wavering in the gale, adhered.


Joseph O’Brien was born in Freehold, New Jersey, and lives on a homestead with his wife and eight children in rural Soldiers Grove, Wisconsin. He currently works as a staff writer for
The Catholic Times, newspaper of the Catholic Diocese of La Crosse, and as a freelance writer. He has published three volumes of verse with Stone Silo Press and his poems have appeared in a number of literary journals. “Cataracts and Hurricanoes” is from Departure at Hebrus, forthcoming from Korrektiv Press. The author’s photograph is by Gordon Browning. The poem is published by permission.

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—for Poff 

We settled to great small talk on the back porch

Despite green skies and scratchy radio warnings;

The beer was cold and the rain came down in sheets

To simmer a stew in the gutters — Texas summer

Was wild with the life of a single weather pattern.

We smoked it, talked it, and drank away the hours… 

But your life was revolving one way, off-kilter,

With crazy winds dividing and threading through

Your attention to studies, love and betrayal.

And I was turned another way, tearing up and away

From Dallas — though at that moment friendship,

A loose roof shingle wavering in the gale, adhered.


Joseph O’Brien was born in Freehold, New Jersey, and lives on a homestead with his wife and eight children in rural Soldiers Grove, Wisconsin. He currently works as a staff writer for
The Catholic Times, newspaper of the Catholic Diocese of La Crosse, and as a freelance writer. He has published three volumes of verse with Stone Silo Press and his poems have appeared in a number of literary journals. “Cataracts and Hurricanoes” is from Departure at Hebrus, forthcoming from Korrektiv Press. The author’s photograph is by Gordon Browning. The poem is published by permission.

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brilliant!!!

Jan. 20, 2011

I agree with Nan. The imagery of friendship being a lose shingle adhering despite the storm of the life in this world is brilliant. Bravo O'Brien. I look forward to more.

Jan. 20, 2011

nan, Curtaincall,

Thanks kindly for your comments.

Much obliged,

JOB

Jan. 21, 2011

no worries job...we calls em like we sees em

this WAS a brilliant poem...the wording caught and emphasized exactly ur thoughts thruout the poem

example: "To simmer a stew in the gutters — Texas summer"

i hope they publish u here again!

Jan. 21, 2011

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