• Jan Avellana

the ground soaked through

Be Practical and her sister Be Realistic

welcome the dousing of rain because it waters the plants,

feeds the rivers and the birds need it so.

but i, i welcome the rain because it is the rain.

she with her pitter-pattering lullabye, sung drop by drop

on the tin roofed houses and the ground,

sloshed in drunkenness—

there my old dreams and wishes are alive,

flourishing, frolicking naked

in the ground soaked through.

-j. avellana


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