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 Review, LAAB, jubilat, Crazyhorse, and African American Review, among other journals, and is forthcoming in Bennington Review and Northern Woodlands.