Lookout Mountain by Rick Alley

Lookout Mountain

Stuffed with the tongues
of hummingbirds

the snapdragons
stoically choked

through August into

Mother heard
the thunder

days before
the storm.

Of course, her nerves
were a spine

of army ants
on fire.

Rick Alley is the author of The Talking Book of July and August Machine. He was a finalist for 2016 National Poetry Series Award and The Philip Levine Award.