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Rain Dancers

June 26, 2008

Nothing in the taps but a choke of air,
cracks opening in our skin,
the pond shrunk to a dull bull’s-eye
in a basin of mud, grass
shrivelled to bones and string.

In the night,
thrumming on slate, pooling in gaps,
hissing in gutters, slapping on stone,
whooshing down drains,
at last it comes.

As if a master-switch were thrown
the lights go on,
heads bob at panes like dark balloons,

then people flood into the streets
to splash and stamp and roll
in wet.

On the pavements
piles of night-clothes


like river banks.

by Gill McEvoy

Read by Dave Bonta — Download the MP3

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  1. June 27, 2008 at 9:20 am

    Oh, yes. This is exquisite. We’ve suffered here from intense drought, so I do know what you’re writing about. Your images are turning into paintings in my mind.

  2. Diane
    July 1, 2008 at 5:38 pm

    Reminds me of when I lived in Arizona, the delirium of monsoon

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