Losing the Drought
For me the absence was a presence,
a clear-eyed partner
advising as I rearranged my garden
or hiked the coastal ridges
on cloudless afternoons.
I learned moderation,
bath water to the rose beds
and three-minute showers but mainly
a new way of seeing,
looking at the bones of things.
Drought came at the right time,
matched me year for year,
father buried, daughters grown,
the city burning and this body,
once lavish and wasteful
in its affections, subdued.
What am I to do with abundance now,
the swollen creeks, scattered petals?
Grass chokes every crevice.
I want hard edges back.
Poems by Sharon Fain:
TEN: An Anthology of Northern California Poets