According to which natural law
two American farmers, one in ’28, the other in ’51
described the eye of a hurricane as a wall of clouds
with spirals of fire attempting to break free from
tiny tornados
sleep on your belly in bad weather
avoid tents and trees
no wind can ever be that cold
and bluster without raining
down fire seeds
walk westwards or sleep inside
where thunderbolts cannot reach
and lightning is laid to rest
appears tamed – whirling or swirling
wind also contains vertical components, bright spells!
the shrinking eye of a hurricane is still dangerous
there’s always the chance a chair will fall on your head.
translated by Michele Hutchison