Friday, October 13, 2023

Storm Clouds By James Lilliefors

The smudges on the glass
resemble storm clouds
this morning.

But no one asks,
‘Which side?’
We just assume

the storm forming
there cannot be erased
from here.

Each side calls
for emergency

‘In case of emergency,
break glass,’
say the politicians.

No one considers
the smudges
are on both sides.
No one sees

that maybe all the world
really needs
is a good cleaning.


James Lilliefors is a poet, journalist and novelist, whose writing has appeared in Ploughshares, The Washington Post, Door Is A Jar, Snake Nation Review, CandleLit magazine, The Miami Herald and elsewhere. He is a former writing fellow at the University of Virginia.