Early January, balloons slowly deflating, the tree
still up, random red and green items scattered around.
A parched feeling, a lack of juice
in the leathery remains of last year.
Days are dark and like a miner, I cast
my flashlight beam into the depths,
there are only echoes.
People more clever, more juicy than me,
I raise my face to the sky, praising the cold blue patch
sprawled between rain layers.
I puzzle at the sprinkles on my face
and realize the wind is blowing rainwater
off the live oak tree next door.
A micro-climate for me and my delicate dog,
who dislikes damp feet.
Today is the second day between rivers of rain.
The sun rose between buildings
and shone onto the bush at driveway’s edge.
Mist rose up like a spirit leaving the body,
a pure thing going home.