Emilee Corral

Rain rattles, paddles, and pours
right into the pores of my skin.
It drips,
Destroys,
Or (in other words) Baptizes.

Cleaning the Earth,
Gathering and showing us dirt
In places we didn’t know it existed
(or doesn’t).
I listen to the rain,
The kind that helps mothers
and grandmothers to sleep,
And wonder
If the Noah in us could fall asleep too,
Or if he’s always still just
Barely
Afraid.
I open my eyes, reach for the paddles, and row.
I gather the ones
he accidentally left behind.


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