Outstanding work, Tristan! I truly love this poem — I could feel the storm as I read your words. Do you live on/near Lake Michigan? My father was from the Chicago area and Lake Michigan birthed his love of boats and the water, leading him to the Chesapeake Bay area of Virginia, where he owned a marine railway when I was a child.

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