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  • the rain is like that here
    an absent-minded flood
    a steady static
    that come winter
    nobody but the poets
    will notice.

    Samantha Reynolds

    Charcoal black clouds this afternoon
    hiding the mountains
    looking for all the world
    as though they carrythunder
    and would split open at any moment
    and send cascades of water
    down the dry creeks

    We pray for rain, like native tribes
    in drought torn parts of the world
    we want water, lots of it
    we want to be swept away
    we want thunder and lightning
    we want salvation, drama
    flooding, tempest, storm

    We want to be saved from ourselves.
    We thirst for rain like we thirst for love
    and we look to black, gathering clouds
    with our upturned faces, waiting to be kissed by rain,
    waiting to be drowned in it, flooded
    the way we wait for the one right person
    who will sweep us up and love us forever

    But the clouds just huddle against the hills
    with no thunder, no lightning, nothing
    and we wait and wait for rain,
    rain that never comes, the way we hope
    that someone we have met, and liked
    will call, and ask us out, and love us,
    who will love us like rain, but there is only silence.

    (Photograph by Alex in the Rainy City in the virtual 3D world of Second Life)
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