El Nino*

 

Thick November foliage

confused Missouri geese

tumbling randomly in air

like flotsam caught in cross-

 

wind–no sorties to detect

pneumatics, no flight practice

in formation, no phalanx honing

southward to Mississippi deltas–

 

paralyzed like mid-life wits

unaware the jet stream

dove below the Rockies

the day before yesterday.

 

Jerome L. McElroy

 

 

                                    *Accepted in The Aurorean (Fall 2005)