By which we mean—
what happens without warning 
and stops almost as quickly 
as it comes. A story
the size of a postcard, or 
even just a few sentences.  
A warning announced 
by short, metallic beeps, 
drones on the radio. A light-
house beam sweeping over rocks
and water. Water and more 
water—rushing through fields
and towns, crumpling solid
brick walls and buildings 
in its wake. A sudden flood,
and strings of silos on their side. 
The shiny BMW that cost
as much as a house, dangling
from one end of a bridge.

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