Batten Down the Hatches

Written by: ilene bauer

Batten down the hatches – 
A storm is on its way.
Don’t know when it’s comin’
Or how long it’s gonna stay.

Every market’s crowded – 
People gathering supplies.
No one wants to be caught short
Or taken by surprise.

Plans are being canceled,
Dates all rearranged – 
Phones and laptops busy as
New info is exchanged.

We’re ready for the tempest – 
We’ve got flashlights, candles, matches.
I’m prepared to do some battening,
But what the hell are hatches?