this rain started days ago

and has not stopped

long enough to take out

trash recycling the dog

I never knew clouds could hold so much water

I read I slept I stretched

I cleaned the kitchen

scrubbed the toilet

convinced myself

toilet bowl cleaner fumes could kill me

I opened the window

it rained in

I never knew clouds could hold so much water

I put on music

I danced

I called my mother and hung up on her

I tried not to think

I read some more

I slept

my dreams worse than reality

I drank coffee

stayed awake for days

typed and wrote and worked

tried not to think

I never knew clouds could hold so much water

He left for work

did not come home for days

It was busy

Very busy

he went to sleep

I stayed awake

to watch him dream

tried not to think

listened to the rain

Kingston resident Stacey Brody holds a degree in agriculture from Rutgers University. “My last semester, I had room in my schedule to finally take a creative writing class,” she writes. “I had missed poetry and was thrilled to find my way back.”

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