High Winds

High winds approaching-brace yourselves
Tape the windows-tie everything to the ground
When the wind arrives-you’ll hear its’ sound
Make some food now-pass the water around
People are preparing for high winds-all over town
Stay in the basement-if it becomes hazardous-you’ll be found
Let the good hope abound
Wait now until the winds quiet
Use all your faculties-use your wit
Remain seated in the chairs in which you sit
Don’t go out that door
The skies are at war
Decide well before the wind storm descends from the sky-to walk to the store
Ask for what is needed-nothing more
When all of this passes-act like you did before
And pray that the heavens are not in turmoil on this earth-any more


Photography © Glenn Bowie


James Joseph is a poet from the Boston Massachusetts area. He has been writing for many years, and his interests include good conversation, playing tennis, softball and family holidays. He likes to write about religion, sports, love poems and comedy poems.

Glenn Bowie is a published poet, lyricist and photographer from the Boston area. He also owns and operates an elevator company that supplies custom-built elevators for clients from New England to Hollywood. Author of two poetry and photograph collections (Under the Weight of Whispers and Into the Thorns and Honey) on Big Table Publishing, he donates all profits from his books to various charities for the homeless and local animal shelters. Glenn is also the official photographer for the Newton Writing and Publishing Center.