After Irma

I want to help
Rain suffuses my perspective
I am caught where I am
Gazing at you
Whom I do not know but recognize–
Battered and indifferent
Fluttered like an absent twig
In Martian weather

All you see is empty sky
And a road so covered with debris
You don’t know where to begin
Or how to move forward

I am lucky to see things
Have them still

So I will help you
Clear paths
Create shelters
Stay warm
Until the storm calms
If it ever calms–

We will be strangers together.

Arya F. Jenkins is a Colombian-American poet, writer and peace and social justice activist whose poems have appeared in numerous journals and zines such as Agave Magazine, Blue Heron Review, Cider Press Review, Dying Dahlia Review, Dissident Voice, The Ekphrastic Review and more. Her poetry has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize. She has also published poetry reviews in Cleaver Magazine, Cider Press Review, Rhino Poetry, The Poetry Cafe and Vol. 1 Brooklyn. Poetry is forthcoming in Luna Luna Magazine. She is the author of three poetry chapbooks and a short story collection, Blue Songs in an Open Key (Fomite Press, 2018). Her novel, Punk Disco Bohemian, and a collection of short stories, Angel in Paris & Other Stories, are due for release through NineStar Press in 2021. Read other articles by Arya F., or visit Arya F.'s website.