CHAPTER WITH THE POWER OUT AFTER A STORM
There's no place open to eat. What if instead we start with the cancer?
That's ridiculous. No one does that.
The sky is like looking at the bottom of a river. Everything is interrupted.
Even the stones cannot hold still. You adjust the radio
looking for classic rock. Something familiar but with an edge.
We drive beyond the city limits without planning to. We drive
across the long bridge. Bob Seger sings us farther from home,
Tom Petty, Stevie Nicks. It's perfect. It keeps us from having to talk.
Eventually we stop and share a six-pack under a lightning-striped maple.
The beer is warm.
The grass, in waves. The music. Another kind of weather.
Amorak Huey is author of the chapbook The Insomniac Circus (Hyacinth Girl Press, 2014) and the forthcoming poetry collection Ha Ha Ha Thump (Sundress Publications, 2015). A former newspaper editor and reporter, he teaches writing at Grand Valley State University in Michigan. His poems appear in The Best American Poetry 2012, The Cincinnati Review, The Southern Review, The Collagist, Menacing Hedge, and many other print and online journals. Follow him on Twitter: @amorak.