|Sue De Kelver|
The Difference In Miles (9/12/2005)
Drought destroyed the soybeans.
We lost most of the corn crop.
What's left of the lawn crunches.
When the blessed deluge begins
I am shopping at Sam's. Later I push
my cart through ankle-deep swells.
The wind tears the receipt
from my hand. I watch it circle
the storm drain then disappear,
pulled toward the Fox River,
the Illinois, the Mississippi.
I pray whoever finds it will know
I know how lucky I am,
heading home with canned tuna,
soft soap, a box of breakfast bars.