A tornado hits Louisville, Mississippi,
leveling Ruth's Childcare Center.
Unable to get the last child out,
Ms. Ruth becomes the four-year-old's cocoon,
her own life taken by hard-cutting winds.
The little girl, bruised, broken a bit,
is found by a Firefighter,
who brings her to rebuild herself
in the patient-filled halls of an ICU,
while somewhere a bird takes flight,
soaring upward until the sun masks its path,
while debris remains on the ground,
not easy to pick up, to remove,
to rest in its final home.
Kristina England resides in Worcester, Massachusetts. Her writing is published or forthcoming at Borderlands: Texas Poetry Review, Gargoyle, New Verse News, Poetry24, and other magazines.