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After the Winter Storm
Liz Dolan

Cumulus assemble
like plump pullet hens
clucking about damage done.
Henlopen dunes flattened
a hemlock felled on Stockley
a poplar stopping
                         traffic on Norfolk
fallen wires festooning cars
like snakes rained from heaven.
White clumps quilt the Inlet Beach.
Towards the lighthouse
a single bright burst
of violet and rose drain
on the horizon.
Close to shore cooped-up
surfers, now freed, streak
slick as seals down steep,
hollowed waves, disappear
under a mocha-colored water wall.
One still upright raises his fist
in triumph, triggering hurrahs
from turtle-necked, goose-downed
spectators on the boardwalk
who will sally home
clean up branches and debris
gaggle ‘bout the Nor’easter
over ouzo by the fire
and snooze, dream of
clusters of flustered gulls,
speckled feathers ruffled,
re-colonizing the sand.

© by Liz Dolan.
Used with the author’s permission.


 Liz Dolan, a retired English teacher who lives in Rehoboth, Delaware, has won numerous awards for her work, including six Pushcart nominations. As director of an alternative school in the Bronx, where she was born and raised, Liz helped increase attendance from 65 percent to 90 percent by initiating a daily program of writing across the curriculum. Mother of two and grandmother of ten--who "pepper her life," says Liz--she devotes several days a week to babysitting in between composing poetry, short stories and memoirs.



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Wilda Morris:
Brings back memories! Well done!
Posted 01/18/2014 05:15 PM
Lovely as always, Liz. You really bring it home!
Posted 01/18/2014 04:05 PM
Always amazed by the images your words create, Liz! And nice to read about a familiar place while I'm learning my way around Florida!
Posted 01/18/2014 10:50 AM
stunning use of language!
Posted 01/18/2014 10:34 AM
Janet Leahy:
"Pullet hens clucking" and "goose downed spectators," so many wonderful lines, thanks Liz.
Posted 01/18/2014 07:45 AM

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