How to Murder Rain
There’s no surprise
attack—it has a bird’s-eye
view. It will be all fight—dodge
and parry, dodge, and parry.
Rain is multitudinous and fast, unafraid
to fall. It can shift
the ground out from under you,
raise a breathless wave above
your head, pin your shoulders
down, crawl inside your body. Wait
for it to spend itself—drive it into
ground, use its body to raise
an army of grasses, glinting
their wet swords to sky.
How to Steal Thunder
You have to
sneak up on it, before
it sneaks up on you,
capture it in both
hands tightly and
it in your chest
as a growl until
you can cough
it into a mason jar.
Tighten the lid.
away from pets,
away from jars
of lightning bugs.
Bury it in small
will cause earthquakes.
Moat your house with
scraps and store
a little under your
mattress. A revolution
This bird is dying
His wings splayed open,
Embracing the earth, his new lover.
He breathes heavily of dirt and root,
Dropping a bit of himself in each exhale,
An ultimate yoga.
The bird tries to raise the strength
To push himself into ground.
He is weary, and has already been
Abandoned by his lover the sky.
Maybe it started with the first drops of blood congealing in the ocean.
Or maybe before that, with a man raising his arms, the wings of a loon.
It may have started with the false promise of a warm land
It started with me. In the middle, there is an island of birds. My hands are frozen and tired of fish.
There was an escape and chases across water. The loon diving under,
Having lost his wife. Her father appeasing the angry ocean with his daughter.
The blood of her hands becoming seals and whales.
My hands hurt and I cannot comb my hair. My husband is gone. Sea mammals, go and bring your father.
The male gods of the ocean slept after her death. She,
A new goddess, awoke a storm. New creatures
Crashed through the ice. The terrible suck of the sea.
Danielle Hanson is a poet who strives to create and facilitate wonder. She is the author of the poetry collections Fraying Edge of Sky and Ambushing Water. She was Finalist for 2018 Georgia Author of the Year Award. Her poetry has been the basis for Haunting the Wrong House, a puppet show at the Center for Puppetry Arts. She is Artist-in-Residence at Arts Beacon, Poetry Editor for Doubleback Books, and is on the staff of the Atlanta Review. More about her at daniellejhanson.com.