The night the roof blew off.
The night a very angry wind
stormed our homely little town.
The couple in bed, cuddling and warm,
dreaming of billy goats and peppermint,
who were suddenly woken
by a starry vista revealed overhead,
a mighty gust roaring its disapproval,
Betelgeuse looking down on them,
nodding and winking surreptitiously,
as if in on a wicked secret.
And the couple drifting back to sleep,
which I think was unexpected.
Bruce McRae, a Canadian musician currently residing on Salt Spring Island BC, is a multiple Pushcart nominee with over 1,500 poems published internationally in magazines such as Poetry, Rattle and the North American Review. His books are The So-Called Sonnets (Silenced Press), An Unbecoming Fit Of Frenzy (Cawing Crow Press), Like As If (Pski’s Porch) and Hearsay (The Poet’s Haven).
- Featured image, by Riccardo Mirarchi.