The Long Drought

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The Park Spring 2014

The Long Drought

California bakes to brown a long rainless season.

My drought rattles unused letters, words.

Boxed up they wait.

Life continues to rain.  Maybe

that’s the trouble.

A word drought from a life in flood.

Puppy romps, bites, chews in a rein

of puppy terror.

Bathroom floor creeps with shower rain and

screams a warning.

Cabinets gone, floor up, tub, sinks shatter

in remodel rain.

This flood rises torrents of shopping, deciding.
They tumble down life’s streets.

Movement blocked.

Letters clang metal on metal,

grind in radiation’s sterile machine,

lay trapped by a lead lined room.

Patient, they wait with me

as spouse is radiated

in a room designed for waiting.

They leap like deer onto electronic pages

as I read

one novel after another.

Radiation graduation completed,

certificate in hand, spouse breathes,

I breathe.

Ideas, letters, words, pictures flood

the rivers of my mind.

California bakes to brown a long rainless season.

It respectfully asks for a moment’s notice.

             Janice Eskridge © August 2015


The Park Summer 2015


About Winding Stream Press

Janice DeRuiter Eskridge, M.F.A. is a poet who worked for over a decade as a poet-teacher for California Poets in the Schools. Helen Shoemaker, Ph.D. L.M.F.T. is a university professor who teaches in the areas of child development and counseling. She is also a therapist in private practice.
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