An excerpt from the "Rain Essays" and
part of my book of poetry.
Rain on the Face of Africa
The great Serengeti’s broad face lies in the African sun,
dry, weathered, cracked, thirsty for the season’s tears
Storm clouds gather on her brow like an old lady’s curls
Promises, promising, an empty promise
The rains are too late. The children of the Serengeti
lie down on her dusty bosom, never to rise again
A desperate waiting fills the air
then another and another, there but for an instant, before it vanishes into the scorched earth
Another drop, then ten, then dozens, then hundreds
until the broad face that is the Serengeti smears through the downpour
Watering holes fill and breach, streams and rivers run like locomotives
Mysterious fish pop out of the mud
Sweet grasses leap up in the night
Yesterday the majestic canvas was devoid of life
Today, overflowing, a palette gorged with color and life…
the cycle begins anew
The Serengeti awakes!
When I began writing this book, I discovered that I had been collecting little snippets of my own writing for over thirty years. As something touched my soul I would write it down. For example the poem about New Orleans (Adieux my Beauty) was written on my lap, in the car, as we drove out of that grand old city for the last time, back in 1978.
Standing outside the gate,
eager to say goodbye, remembering
all the reasons to say hello
New Orleans, that witchy woman,
whose song is loved and never forgotten,
whose taste lingers on the tongue forever.
Where love bloomed on a rain slick night
Now, as I bend to kiss the powdered, rouged
cheek, my nostrils are assailed by
the sweet odor of rotting flesh eaten
away in the darkest recesses by
a decadent, self indulgent cancer
I don’t love her, this grand old dame, any less for the rot.
We both know she is dying
It will be the last time I kiss her
I love her so but to stay means to be infected by the rot.
So, I bid you adieux my beauty,
my elegant, old, painted whore.
In addition to my twice weekly blog I also feature an interview with another author once a month. So come along with me; we shall sneak into these writers’ special places, be a fly on the wall and watch them create! Mike Wells will be my December author.