The dam engineers have lowered the lake.
This annual event allows winter’s frigid
temps to strike dangerous shoreline vegetation
where it hurts most—at their nuisance roots.
(Nuisance from the Latin nocere – “to harm”)
The lake dropping five feet is a can’t-miss
as anybody with one eye and horse sense knows.
When the lowering is complete, it is apocalyptic.
(Apocalyptic from the Greek apokalupsis – “to reveal”)
The woman stumbling down Central Avenue
barked loud enough for all to hear: “It’s a metaphor!”
I bet she wasn’t talking about winter lake levels,
but then again who knows when you’re downtown
on a tourist strip where tarot readings bloom.
Perhaps she was, Simeon’s sister searing us
with the truth of Advent’s card: This child—
so that the thoughts of many hearts will be
revealed, a sword will strike your own roots too.