Tornado

TORNADO

Before you know it, the earth takes on
an extra layer of skin.

The wind is whipping, whistling,
and when you look outside, you realize

this is how everything
communicates: We speak. We destroy.

And then it’s over. The world

may have a few more years—and then
all the buildings

and swing sets and tornado shelters
will be empty. Instead, our bodies

will all be scattered, our frames
saying, Enough noise.

The earth will take its time in burying its dead.

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About mckenzielynntozan

McKenzie Lynn Tozan lives and writes in South Bend, Indiana, where she works as the Departmental Secretary of English and World Language Studies at Indiana University South Bend, and remains closely affiliated with 42 Miles Press, New Issues Poetry and Prose, and Wolfson Press. She previously received her MFA in Poetry from Western Michigan University, where she worked as the Layout and Design Editor for New Issues Poetry and Prose and as an Assistant Editor of Poetry for Third Coast. Her poems have appeared in Encore Magazine, Sleet Magazine, Rogue Agent, Thank You for Swallowing, Whale Road Review, The James Franco Review, The Birds We Piled Loosely, and Analecta; and her book reviews have appeared on her website and on The Rumpus. She lives with her husband, their daughter, and three cats. For more, visit www.mckenzielynntozan.com. View all posts by mckenzielynntozan

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