Friday, May 21, 2010

Epic Road Trip #11

We've seen the mighty rivers flow
from one end of the country to the other:
the Gila, Salt, San Juan, Green and Colorado,
the Plattes, Raccoons, Skunk, Sioux and Missouri,
the Mackinaw, Vermillion, Illinois and Mississippi,
the Eel and Wabash, Allegheny and Ohio,
the Monongahela and Youghiogheny, Juniata and Lackawanna,
the Delaware, Schuylkill and Susquehanna.

All of them now seem like prelude
to this blinding torrential rain,
these wild shaking trees,
the Passaic flooding its banks.

We drive from the desert to remind us of the simplest things:
water just forces itself to a sea.