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If it’s getting stormier
and it surely is
then we have to put a bit more work
into naming those storms
I mean to say, c’mon now,
Storm Dennis?
Dennis is a guy who wears cardigans
and washes his car every Sunday.
Margaret Thatcher’s husband
was called Dennis –
Storm Margaret
now there’s a storm,
a storm full of righteous certainty
levelling working class towns
circumnavigating domiciles of the rich.
How about Storm Boris
a tropical storm perhaps
full of hot air and bluster
a flatulent tail wind
or to switch professions and countries
Storm Janis
now there’s a storm to rip the roofs of houses
flatten whole trailer parks
transport cows to far off fields
or Storm Aretha
a storm that demands respect
sock it to me
anything but Dennis
side-parted, brilliantined, undershot Dennis.

The subject over at earthweal is “storms”.

3 thoughts on “Storms

  1. Ellen Hawley

    They had Storm Ellen all lined up to go–she was going to be small but fierce–and then she got supplanted by Storm Jorge. How the hell did that happen? As soon as I figure out who to sue, I’ll get, um, someone for that.


  2. earthweal

    Not very inspiring when a storm is named after a middle class twit of the year. Brilliantined! I like Janis and Aretha — yes — and add serial killers, punk rockers and honkeytonkers like Ted and Johnny and Mustang Sally. Guitars — BB King’s Lucille and Eddie Van Halen’s Frankenstrat. Some real power chordals for an angry Earth. Thanks so much for bringing it round earthweal — Brendan


  3. Sherry Marr

    I cant even tell you how much I love this! Dennnis wearing a cardigan….Aretha commanding respect. Wonderful. Made me chuckle. Love that Canadian humour, eh?

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