The poem takes the form of a first-person narrative. The poem may be autobiographical as it could be dedicated to her husband, Fred, and it describes the home of a writer. Equally it could be about a character similar to the poet.
The poem is composed of three 10-line stanzas. Stanza one is made up of five rhyming couplets, to make a rhyme scheme aabbccddee. This rhyme scheme starts to break down in stanza two, as if reflecting the disruption of the oncoming storm. By stanza three, a new rhyme scheme has begun to emerge: ababccdddd. Perhaps the poet intends the reader to see this suggestion of order and its progressive disruption as a way of representing the oncoming storm on the page.
There are four stresses in most lines, but some lines have five stresses instead. Rita Dove sometimes varies this pattern, and the stresses do not always fall in a strict rhythm. The effect on the reader is to create an impression of a relaxed, informal voice – perhaps a thoughtful one, wandering from idea to idea.
These disjointed images help to suggest the reader's daydreaming state of mind to the reader.