Teeth of the Wind

by Desiree Santana Hensley

“…and when it was morning, the east wind brought the locusts”

                                                                                    -Exodus 10:13

Pharaoh, come and see
the birth of a plague:
breeding, molting
in red sandstone ramparts.
teeth of the east wind
Desert snow, bandits,
beggars of these dunes. Swarm rolling onwards,
thieves sailing too close to the wind, closer,
In exodus towards black lung lands.

Nothing green to see.

See how your earth is eaten;
tongues lapping at all that
was never yours to begin

Desiree Santana Hensley is currently based in the Tidewater region of Virginia. She is pursuing a B.A in English at Old Dominion University and also works as a preschool teacher. She enjoys used books, well worn pajamas, and nights in with Netflix.