The Day the Rain Began

From the March 2012 Print Edition

Genesis 7:12 Today seemed just an ordinary day. The sun rose like an irritated eye; wives cooked rice pancakes; children went to play at tag in dusty fields or caught frogs by the banks of the Euphrates; while the men took to the brick kilns, potters’ wheels, and plows; lovers arose to make . . . . Continue Reading »

Political Calendar

From the Aug/Sept 2011 Print Edition

Spring like a popular insurrection rises against a winter government’s assizes; gone mad by June, its liberality gives way to summer’s fruitful anarchy. Order returns in autumn as the air with libertarian chill grows doctrinaire. Displacing fall, the winter vows to keep a Tory world, . . . . Continue Reading »

Drought Breaker

From the March 2011 Print Edition

Two years of drought seem broken by a deluge that would be the wrath of God were it not mercy. No doubt some prophet has spoken to Heaven for us and obtained a grace sufficient to wash away all memory of withered crops, clear skies, dry wells, and the taste and texture of dust in the teeth. No . . . . Continue Reading »

Journey Into Autumn

From the November 1992 Print Edition

Once again, we are on the road early,driving to see our sonwrestle with cancer for gold.Clouds fall like a heavy eyelidover the eastern sky, crowdingthe tender light against the horizon”healthy crimson, healthy orange compressedby gray as thick asblasts in leukemic marrow.Birds fly everywhere . . . . Continue Reading »