Out There It’s out there We must drive in it Walk in it It’s out there It’s too much with us Getting and spending We get it Understand what we Have done Wasted our powers Given our hearts away Lost the tune Forgot the words The weather changes Sealed in the politics Of now Of what we did What we are doing It’s out there That’s all Just out there The earth of it The air of it The water Collecting the evidence Details it will use Against us It’s all out there. Climate This hot breeze holds the afternoon summarizes it in a brief moment says so much about what we have these days – too much sun, heat, a few clouds that give into the days spinning by, so little rain. This is the climate change they promised us warned us about, while we were too busy with other things, things that seem trivial now in the nineties, in this heat wave, in this drought. We air-condition what we can, we sit in any shade we find, fill plastic pools for the dogs, joke about running through the sprinkler like we did as children, a game we no longer can play. The news we hear and watch doesn’t bother mentioning this any- more, as if the scientists have given up on us, realize playing Cassandra didn’t help, doesn’t help and like us feel this hot breeze, that summarizes what’s left of our afternoon, this brief moment that says so much about what we have done. Rain We used to say, farmers need the rain whether We knew they did or not, but now We all need the rain like today it rained all day not just our lawns and lakes but our spirits too need the rain bogged down the way We have been in a spiritual, a psychic drought tired, dry days, one after another till today We all needed the rain and it came down all morning, all afternoon, this evening beyond trying to satisfy our lawns and our lakes, the sound of the rain the ticking at times at our windows the whoosh in the wind and the calming hush of it bring a peace along with it a whole day of this peaceful sound of rain We should all now say we need the rain.