Hailstorm

By Kay Ryan
Audio: Hear the author read her poem. (0:31)






Like a storm
of hornets, the
little white planets
layer and relayer
as they whip around
in their high orbits,
getting more and
more dense before
they crash against
our crust. A maelstrom
of ferocious little
fists and punches,
so hard to believe
once it's past.

This article available online at:

http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2003/12/hailstorm/308050/