At forty unusual phenomena occur. The chimney
whistles & the windows blister (rain).
At fifty to sixty it chases the cat in, breaks the
pinebranch (Bishop), rips the eucalyptus leaf
loose, wakes the baby, shakes the roof & bangs
At seventy individual sounds subside in the general roar.
At eighty a flash heralds the arrival of Storm King
in a black leather riding outfit (Coldwater Canyon,
1941), accompanied by Mildred Pierce, stunning
in a mauve chemise by de Kooning. Everybody’s drunk
flooded puddle in the bloody rain and driving
At this point transmission ended due to power failure.
West Pacific tropical storm track, 1957: image created by Nilfanion, 2006. Background image: NASA.
Northwest Pacific tropical cyclone tracks, 1980--2005: image created by Nilfanion, 2007. Background image: NASA