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)