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kurt moore
after a month of rain
karmin bowers
karmin bowers
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jake amrine

After a Month of Rain

Everything I thought I wanted
is right here,
particulary when the sun
is making such a comeback,

and the lilac engorged
with purple has recovered
from its severe pruning,
and you will be back soon.

to dispel whatever it is
that overtakes me like leaf blight,
even on a day like this. I can still
hear the remnants of rain

in the swollen stream
behind the house, in the faint
dripping under the eaves,
persistant as memory.

And all the things I didn't think
I wanted, cut like the lilac back
to the root, push up again
from underground