tempest -- poetry by Abby Bacall
the howling of the storm against my window
startles me awake from a nightmare
the room is sinister to my disoriented mind
lightning flashes like a lens flare and stains the walls with violent light
and i flinch as thunder reverberates through the earth
as i lie in the darkness
shaking and sweating
choking on air
i imagine that the wind
is your voice
calling me home.
Abby Bacall is a high school senior in New Jersey, whose work has been published in Teen Ink and Cathartic Youth Literary Magazine. She is the Editor-in-Chief of her school’s art and literary magazine, and she is an editor for Polyphony Lit.