Lorraine Walker Williams' new book, Simply Sanibel Poems, is out!

After the Hurricane


Listen to the sigh,

a pause between waves.


Winds calm, a scattering

of what remains

scribbled in sand

after the hurricane.


Not everything

requires sound—


Sunrise and set,

back light of cloud,

A moment when

the stars align.


A blessing,

hurricane passes by—


Island breathes

a sacred sigh,

whispers through

sea grape leaves.


Orchid hangs

in the yard,

heron’s wings aloft,



Lorraine Walker Williams


About the poem: When I received news that Sanibel was spared the destruction so many in Hurricane Irma’s path endured, I began to think of the calm that settles after the storm and how grateful we are that our sanctuary island was not destroyed.