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Don't let your baby cry
frothed in the milk of a tornado.
In this belt it happens all the time.

Shrieking in braided winds they
get dumped in the grocery store parking lot.

The plaza, which is being expanded,
includes a goodlife a credit union
and an adjacent smoothie bar.

Teeth the size of your hand
smile from advertisements pasted on plywood
barring public access to the wound.

Its mouth ratcheted open,
throat a hole in which to bury
tendrils of the new condo.
We must be desperate to
dig so deeply, seeking stability.

I toss my cigarette into the gutter with its brothers
while waiting for my bus, watching the apocalypse.

Tornado babies are born with a desire to live
greater than at any other point.

But I've seen one choke on the stick inside a pogo
because it was never taught to chew or swallow.

They do not know about many important things;
like razor blades or parking tickets
or buying groceries after work
while all day
your boy friend smoldered in bed
drinking the cheapest beer, streaming movies.

Coughing from exhaust fumes
I see one crawl behind the wet straw set up
by the grocery store to emote a rural fantasy.
Perhaps it thought it could build a nest.
Make a home among a cart of watermelons
a stand of cut flowers,
and the gangly remains of potted highbush blueberries
too root bound to see spring.

Cid V Brunet writes from her home in Southern Ontario. She writes poetry, short fiction, and the occasional folk song. She recently had her first poem published in Rhapsody: An Anthology of Guelph Writers (2014).
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In summer, the crack on the windowpane would align perfectly with the horizon, right around 2 p.m.
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