We’re Making Plans for the Rain
We craft elaborate barrels for storage,
position them just so at the corners
of a house we like to say we built; we hold
parties to make more barrels with the neighbors:
downloaded directions, cheap wine, easy gossip,
each couple wondering how often
the others make love, how joyously--
desire the darkening sky, or curiosity,
we are all the keys on the kite strings
in our afternoon storm. It takes longer
to fill a barrel than we expected
but there are so many uses for water.
Rock Paper Scissors Toast
Doesn’t take long to get used to pointing at the palm
to indicate where we live now.
We like to brag about the produce.
We take credit for the lakes.
We are surprised when we realize
our children will think of this as home.
Lack of loyalty is the privilege of the new arrival.
This has less to do with any particular state,
more to do with the length of time it takes to write everything down.
Our grandparents die. Keep dying
until they are gone. At the funerals we blend in, say little,
compare shoes with the deceased,
play ridiculous games with precocious nieces, cousins
Toast always loses. Then why would anyone choose toast? Just in case.
AMORAK HUEY, a 2017 NEA Fellow, is author of the poetry collection Ha Ha Ha Thump (Sundress, 2015) and two chapbooks. He is also co-author with W. Todd Kaneko of the forthcoming textbook Poetry: A Writer’s Guide and Anthology (Boomsbury, 2018) and teaches writing at Grand Valley State University.
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