After a drought the ground
must accept what the ground

can accept before the creek
can fill, for the creek

is not a gutter, but permeable.
Consider this first storm preamble

one soon forgets but nevertheless
establishes theme. . . unless it never

rains again, in which case
it is coda, the creek: a crease.


Michael Metivier (he/him) is a writer, editor, and musician living in Vermont. His work has appeared in EcoTheo ReviewLAABjubilatCrazyhorse, and African American Review, among other journals, and is forthcoming in Bennington Review and Northern Woodlands.