Tropical cyclone Yasi
is slowly crossing the Coral Sea ,
a muscular swathe of clouds
rotating clockwise
around a dead fish eye,
staring, without caring, at us.

Beginning with depression,
he moves to category one
than up the scale to two
and round he goes, pontificating
on which way to go,
waiting for Godot.

Fortune-tellers (sorry, forecasters),
study the signs and tell us
which way he’ll go
and how fast
and how strong,
and what day, what hour

this monster storm will arrive
on this rain-soaked, flooded land.
We might be better off
asking the cyclone
what mood he is in on the day.
We prepare for the worse.

Note: You can find out more about Tropical cyclone Yasi here