We aren’t under the
tornado warning,
at least not officially,
but I can hear the sirens
from a long way off.

Like any whistle blown
in advance of a train.

The protests sound
out loud and clear:

Pay Attention.

Put down what
you were doing.

Black lives matter.

Now, what
you do with
your one life matters.

Where will you stand,
in the old weather
circling back around?

Travelers’ Summer

Weather stretching out

golden and blue

to encourage us all to the road.

With sunglasses and daypacks,

swimsuits and bottles of trunked water

growing warm as if they’re already

laid out in the sun.