The High Sea’s Breakdown



The sky is confused.

On one side,

the sun shines brightly

and the heavens are home

in a pale blue ocean.

The heat is perfect,

warming every inch of the ground,

but, just beyond the tree line,

there is a darkness

that threatens the serenity

of the high sea.

The grey clouds create

a dark, smokey blanket

and it is known

that its seam is about to break.

Something is coming

and it’s coming hard.

Just like that,

the sun goes into hiding,

the bright blue above fades,

and the warmth is pushed away

by an unsettling chill.

The sad sky now roars

and roars,

shaking the earth with every cry.

The blanket rips open

and a relentless downpour

falls to the floor.

A monsoon would be less wet,

less ruthless.

The only bit of light

comes with each electric strike

and a crack

that could split the ground in half.

It all came out of nowhere,

with no reason,

with no cause.

It just so easily

broke through the sunlight.

The world was its playground

and no one

could harvest its strength.

The emotion.

The passion.

The sheer cries of this storm

were unforeseen

and absolutely unrivaled,

as everyone

could only sit and watch.

Where this storm came from,

may never be known,

but it was here,

it hit hard,

and it will forever claim its place.



About Tatiana Figueroa Ramirez

Born in Puerto Rico and raised in the mainland United States, I graduated with a B.A. in English Literature from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) and am a 2016 VONA Voices Alumna. I currently perform spoken-word in the greater Washington D.C. area and have previously performed in Philadelphia, Miami, and the Dominican Republic. Most recently, I have been published in Public Pool, Spillwords, and The Acentos Review, and Here Comes Everyone: East & West Issue.

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