Jude Goodwin, Canadian Poet

Jude Goodwin

She uses the personal to translate the universal.

How to survive a tornado

How to survive a tornado

      You'll need a heavy coat of metaphor
      and fleece, some oil to keep you loose, and when
      the winds thumb down upon your life pretend
      to be a fish, transform your bones, explore
      the bend, the slip of bodies fish adore.
      There'll be debris as dreams and plans upend
      and there'll be love, so spin your fins, extend
      the feather of your gills and swim: for shore,
      for light, the taste and press of scale to skin.
      Be thin between the whorls and when the drain
      begins the suck to draw you in, you'll need
      to be a seed: sharp husked, a thorn within.
      The storm will rage, constrict and spit. When freed
      put down your roots. The sky will break like rain.


Perfect rhythmically, original and beautiful. Were you aware of the echoes you set going with internal vowel rhymes: swim/ skin/ thin/ begins/ in/ within/? Congratulations!

Anne Stevenson, March 2005

The Murderers

Hush

Hush