Academic journal article Pennsylvania Literary Journal

And Still It Rains

Academic journal article Pennsylvania Literary Journal

And Still It Rains

Article excerpt

1

She is raising a chimpanzee,

dresses it with a red shirt

and black pants with suspenders.

She shows me a picture of him.

I have children, but I have no pictures.

Outside it rains.

2

In the soil are worms rising to the surface.

I think of floods.

The leaves bend toward the ground.

My son drinks the droplets from the sky.

My daughter dances in a puddle.

It continues to rain.

3

The monkey owns four suits, she says.

One for each season.

Shirts white, red, yellow, orange.

But the blazers are always black.

They match his black fur.

Outside it rains.

4

I feel something wild stir in me

like a rabbit in a magician's hat.

I do not believe in magic.

I only believe in the animal that tries to escape,

shed fur on cage bars. …

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