Drought in October

Drought in October

It has been 41 days without rain.

A mild night–
Ceramic candle holder
·······With cutout stars
Throws celestial patterns on the deck.

Carr’s cracked pepper
·······water crackers
Monterey pepper jack
Vodka straight from the freezer
······to feel the burn at the back of the throat
······to know the sprits are within you
in a glass from Venice
······blue, green, and red fluting–
Head back to see the stars.

One moves away.
Is it a bird, a plane, superman?

The plants are brown stalks.

Another star moves away.
Is it a bird, a plane, or just a pattern of flight?

Fall, 2016