by Marshall Jamison

Along and across the undefended beach races
The unwelcome guest from the West —
A shrieking, searching, tearing, ripping, stabbing, stranger
That finds every weakness in the hastily,
Frantically prepared defense, prayerfully arranged
to meet its terrible power.
The Florida Weather Bureau calmly describes its approach
with warnings and watches.
But look out! God help us! Here it comes!
There goes the roof!

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