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Poem

Late monsoon hopes

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Charlie Bertsch

More by Lisa Periale Martin

on the edge
of monsoon rains
waiting, being mocked
played with
20% chance tomorrow
now they say, the ‘nonsoon’

usually means
it’s going to rain on
20% of town
when we were young
we’d drive our beaters
with no AC to wherever
it looked promising

with that slim hope
we’re also teased with
news of highs in the 90s
out into next week
desert rats will
feel that hint of fall
in the air

if the odds are
with us in our zipcode
our criss cross of alleyways
winds rip through
to herald
a short soaking
then every tree, bird,
critter and two-legged
in the neighborhood
feels at peace

Lisa Periale Martin is a poet, writer, librarian, mariachi aficionado, and former migrant farmworker. Her writing is steeped in the essence and wonder of the Sonoran Southwest. Tiny Seed, Harpy Hybrid Review, and the Tucson Sentinel have published her work.

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