we live under a sea

The storm looms

throwing electric darts


flowing into alleys like canyons

leaving water behind

to trace the contours of the earth.


I look up, eyes on the heavens

peering at the backlit thunderheads

a shimmering grey

the rest of the sky like the inside of a pearl.


Try to stand tall and steady as I look up

and as the sky

swells and lurches

but motion sickness sets in.

No matter.


I rediscover a poetic truth:

we live under an atmospheric sea

that whispers, in a desert, there is no greater love than rain.


And I remember a line or two,

“o, madly the sea pushes on the land /¬†with love, with love.”




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