Monsoon Sky

 for Susan

Is one night’s sky the next day’s mood?
Dreams inside the pillowy clouds
might spill out, or else the storm they portend
scatter them for a flash flood
to wash away. It’s good advice,
taking the news these days in bite-sized pieces;
have the lightning
pick and choose which story
to internalize; listen to the morning rain
rather than the latest miseries. There’s a continent
of thunder rolling overhead. Information
speeding all around the globe. Sleep well.
Wake early. Watch the mountain
warm to life. Listen for the wheels inside
the Earth to groan a little, but that’s the sound
that tells us they are turning.

David Chorlton lives in Phoenix and enjoys a view of the desert mountain that occupies its space surrounded by the city. He has had an unusual year in which watching the local wildlife has been a help in his recovery. Read other articles by David.