Structure of a Storm
I know the structure of a storm cloud
and how it falls apart.
I know the measurements of a perfect shroud
and how the chambers of my heart
push and pull turn by turn
the bitter birthing blue
that fill my veins with ache and yearn
to twine themselves with you.
I’ve known the silken sever
of apron strings and cords.
I’ve known the loss, forever,
of much that I’ve adored.
But I don’t fear the storms now.
I know that all things fall apart
and time is merely measure how
you fill the chambers of my heart.
Kelli Simpson is the co-author of two poetry collections: Gemini / Scorpio / Capricorn and Three Note Howl: The Wild Hunt. Her poems have most recently appeared in Sugar Mule, Maudlin House, and Page and Spine. She lives in Norman, Oklahoma, where she mothers, gardens, and treats herself to chocolate as often as possible. You can find her at http://www.mamaneedsshoes.blogspot.com.