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opening of the skies


the river is low & the tomatoes are green
and the valley is thirsty for rain

what did you say I was not listening
for you see there is only fire in the sky
and I am unable to look away

I don’t know about you
but I can’t explain a single thing
happening on these populated streets

and once the sun fades away
the heart rate may slow down
though none of this magically disappears

from the beginning the river was low
before the prophets awoke from their sleep





august two thousand twenty-one
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singing in the rain


the rain barrel is empty
going on a fortnight now
and the flowers
oh the flowers
they’re in need of a good cry

I’ve been dancing
every night in the twilight
the dormant grass
beneath my feet
an exhibition
to any god who may listen





july two thousand twenty-one
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the beauty of the endless sky


first the brooks and the streams
and the creeks evanesced

suddenly going back to the well
was not an option

endless skies displayed the prettiest
of the blues in no particular order
ghost white and cerulean
ultramarine and
robin’s egg

the beauty of the skies continued on
for weeks and then months
unnoticed by the inhabitants searching
to quench their thirst

and soon thereafter the rivers ran dry
and the oceans receded

the mass migration had begun


march two thousand sixteen
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without a wish


the river ran dry
the year of the drought
collapsing the water table
atop its own legs

the wishing well closed
from lack of moisture
turning back all the day dreamers
hoping for change



september two thousand twelve
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