Less Than Average Rain

walk along the back-roads
of summer
hot wind touching your face
the shimmers prancing capers
are silvery devils in the heat of the day

there’s no respite from the brown
of a baking land

hold out your arms
for water
no sign of rain no cloud
long trails of white to Sydney
fade to blue in an empty sky

with no fall of sweet salvation
from above

there’s nothing too surprising
in the dry of the dust and dirt
the illusions still dancing
come from the springtime

the aching thirst of too much sun
brings an end to last hollow hopes
and the truth about the season
is arriving home


© Frank Prem, 2000

Published in The Lakes and Longbeach Gazette, May 2000 edition.

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