Rain is pushing fingers into the soil, murmuring like winnowing rice. Daylight grays perceptibly.
Water twisting down roof runnels collect in drainpipes shooting bullets at pools expanding rapidly.
Splashing grows louder, runners slapping puddles. Waterfalls spill down steps.
Lightning jabs his blade, lunging at the ground. Thunder loudly slings his whip. Cloud cohorts rumble a war cry.
Rapids swiftly forming in the streets transport dead leaves navigating rudderless around stones and branches.
Rain hammers the roof, rattling construction site. Springing, a leak begins a steady countdown.
Chaos invades the sky, clouds battling the wind. Dislodged by strong gusts, a rain gutter swings wildly, banging repeatedly against the wall.
Water rises all around—canals and rivers surge as dams spew forth streams. One side, the ceiling drips, a coffee percolator.
Electricity goes dead. Whirring fans wane into lifelessness. Hush joins hands with dread. We can only sit and wait in darkness.
Originally published in The Galway Review (February 15, 2016)
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