As a resident of Key West who felt the incredible connections to community and family persevere during the destruction of Irma I couldn't help but respond to the hurricane and ideas of distance, love, and storms. When disaster strikes sometimes you can feel very far apart or very close together. At least that is the case for me.
Central to the poem is considering chaos theory and the long-standing example of the Butterfly Effect. The talented Key West artist Kristen Norman-- whose work is shown above-- was on my mind throughout the poem and the ideas leading up to getting something down on paper.
In terms of my own work, I am not always able to respond right away to events that are so emotional. Irma may have been different because of the inspiration I drew from so many of my close friends around the country as they evacuated from home and became Irma refugees.
Make sure you head to Dog Tired Gallery in Key West and get some of Kristen Norman's work while you can.
Thank you to Poets Reading the News to publishing such a long piece. Check it out on their site.