Until the power went out. That was 6:32AM.
read or in attempts at banal conversation.
The winds blew ceaselessly
- imagine the wax-paper-on-a-comb noise,
extrapolated to door-size shutters.
We dubbed the cacaphony "Satan's Harmonica."
After the worst of the storm had passed us,
we ventured outside to survey the devastation.
mostly,and bits of the copper roof of
the Old US Mint strewn over ten blocks.
All the beautiful Magnolias in the St. Louis Cathedral
garden had succumbed to the force of the wind
- but in the midst of the wreckage,
the Mardi Gras Jesus still stood, unharmed.
(Forgive the sacrilege, please. The statue is of Jesus
with his arms raised up in the classic
"Throw Me Somthin', Mister!" pose.)
We had only sporadic radio reception,
but were inundated with rumors of the ugliest stripe.