Forces to be Reckoned With

Wild, wintry west winds,
Havoc wreaking, tree-breaking forces.
Roof taking, window-cracking fingers
Penetrate the fortresses of our nests.

Fierce, flaming forest fires
Run riot through swaying trees,
Death comes swift or slow to those
Who cannot outpace the killing tongues.
Deep, dark, drowning deluges
Bring despair as rivers rise,
Submerging crops, sweeping away shacks,
Leaving landscapes moonified under grey sludge.

Howling harridans, heartbreaking hombres,
More subtle than wild nature,
Cause more destruction than the rest,
By a single word misplaced.





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