Learning the Rain
by Megan O’Reilly
Rain every day for thirty days,
and every day she walks in it,
so familiar now she might be
a flower, a dip in the pavement.
No end in sight, the weatherman warns,
time for that tropical vacation,
but instead she is learning the rain
like a grimly demanding religion,
bathing her feet in its holy waters,
bowing her head to accept its violence.
Today on her walk it lets up briefly,
like a sigh, only for a moment
while she has paused, watching
a crew of men digging ditches,
falling in love with the bearded one
who never looks up, and whistles.
Megan O’Reilly is a student at The Evergreen State College in
Olympia, Washington. Her work has appeared in Rattle, Gumball
Poetry, and Poet’s Canvas.
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