Issue 14
Instructions for Sending the Rain in Summer

There is the time at dusk when deep orange reds glow behind purple grays
and clouds become outlined with the molten strokes of your brush.

This time is perfect for a soft soaking rain absorbed
into rich soil directed by green leaves to thirsty roots.

Cars parked after the workday ends are washed of their daily dust and toil.
Dinner can be accompanied by the light musical notes of mist and shower.

No watering cans need be filled or dragged about
nor sprinkler systems activated if this method is used.

Light breezes should follow as the clouds move east and out over oceans,
sounds and bays, where boats bob at anchor and sails are furled for the night.

Families and neighbors should sit outside and watch the stars appear
along with slices of the moon waxing or waning like ice in their drinks.

The morning should break cool and crisp as spring water from rocks,
so they can cup their hands and partake to be refreshed when the sun rises,

warming all in its arc until coming to rest on the horizon, the moon transparent
parchment in a still blue sky. Then let the clouds drift in again, shadows over light.