|Tree and Storm 2 by George Hodan|
There was a girl who swallowed a storm.
Thunder echoed through her head
and lightning crackled in her veins.
She built her flood walls high and locked the gates,
seeking protection from the deluge,
but in her desperation she trapped the storm inside.
The tempest grew as the girl
became a woman half-drowned in sorrow,
too often swept off balance in the surge.
With the last of her resolve and a frantic gasp,
the woman took a pen and poked
a poem-shaped hole in the wall,
then another and another
until a new world poured forth,
a world where the rising waters
never swamped her again.