Storm Shelter

from Paper Boats by Anna Vogelzang

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sister, hold up the sky
you are more than your mother
you’re the scholarship prize
you are stronger than summer

look, the sky has turned white
you will be led to water
and your eyes will turn brighter
to the shame of your father

Come down here with me from the storm
Clouds began forming years ago
We have arms like walls for our bodies
We have hearts like fists for our babies


there’s a place we could run to
it’s a Midwestern haven
there’s a girl that I know who
built herself her own basement

they ride bikes & not cars
they sing praises not hatred
they build bridges not bombs
in her town she is sacred

Come down here with me from the storm
Clouds began forming years ago
We are vanishing into traffic
As the lights spark out & the sky splits wide, hard & heavy

mine’s a weatherproof heart
I have turned down my volume
but the tornado’s starting,
sound the radio warning

as the bride catches fire
we will shroud her in linens
bring her down to our shelter
call to arms our battallions

Come down here with me from the storm
Clouds began forming years ago
We are vanishing into traffic
As the lights spark out & the sky splits wide, hard & heavy

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from Paper Boats, released April 6, 2010

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