Reaping the Whirlwind

headlit rain-wind detonates on tarmac
stings our faces    lashes our ears
batters our legs like breakers

from a long Atlantic swell
it souses heavy coats like tissue
snatches our bellowed madness

we scurry for shelter
fools caught in Lear’s raging grief
naked in our wind-sown storm


William Bonar’s pamphlet, Offering (Red Squirrel Press, 2015), won the James Kirkton Memorial Prize. His first full collection, The Stuff of the Earth will be published by Red Squirrel Press in Autumn 2020.