by Gary Hardaway

Our wettest month is May
and this one sustains that history,
ten days in. This June should be
a radiant green, the trees and grasses
lush and leafy. The blossoms
should be abundant, fragrant,
and full of bees and butterflies.

But, then, the withering heat
of mid-July and August's drought
will yellow lawns, singe the shrubs,
and amplify cicada song.