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VxPoem ID: 44378

Category:
personal_life

Posted: September 19th. 2013 6:32:08 AM

Views: 1180

Waiting for El Niño

by darkling

Age Group: Adult



Ten p.m. on the second of November
Still nearly 75 degrees outside
No end in sight
Everyone is waiting for El Niño
We're all waiting for the rain

He steps inside
Not because he's thirsty
He just feels the loneliness that way
Cold emptiness that can never be filled
Incurable as cancer
So he has a belt or two
Everyday and each night
Especially when cold teeth tear at his guts
When the cold wind slaps his face
When one more step
May as well be a walk to the moon

He sits
A drink appears
Watches the numbers
Popping on the Keno screen

I always bets the blues
He thinks
Always bets blues

And the seconds drip
Into the sink behind the bar
He hears them fall away
Almost like rain
Drops start to spot the sidewalk outside
He's too drunk to notice

Sandbags stockpiled
From Ukiah to Ocotillo Wells
A hundred million tons
A decade of debris
Scoured from the flood channels
The homeless scoured from the river beds
Watching for dark lines on the horizon
Straining to smell the rain

We're all waiting for El Niño
Everyone is waiting on the rain



23 November, 1997
camino real




Author's Location: Moreno Valley, California
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