the first darkness

my knees on the
newly poured foundation
of the cistern
trowel and hawk in my hands
pointed little trowl (PLT, as darien calls it
and i make a joke about rewriting the PYT -pretty young thing- michael jackson song)
for covering the bottom of the wall where it meets the foundation
_______

texture of the glass shreds
(something between bean thread pasta and fake spiderwebs)
while i incorporate them into the
portland cement/lime/stearate/salt water mix
moving gray slurry around
with a hoe
above the cistern
_______

mica and i stop in at the merc
(i usually don’t do this says mica
neither do i i say up the steps
opening the screen door)
at the counter, we split a brownie
and mango spritzer
and snack on sesame sticks
from a little porcelain dish

_______

before the storm sweeps in
i stand under sky between the whitehouse
and the orchard/greenhouse
watch the cloudbillows swiftly drift
and the purple/white lightning spiderwebbing above me

_______

cloud-to-cloud
rachel’s dad talking about
two different types of lightning
(cloud-to-cloud or cloud/sky-to-ground)

_______

just before the fourth round of dictionary
we pause on the front porch
and turn off the lights
to watch the lightning show
illuminating the clouds in all directions

_______

tyler’s four trays of granola cooling on the butcher block
a ramiken of it – still oven-warm
in my palm while i stand at the back porch screen door
(spray seeping in)
to watch the one continuous gust
sweep across the yard
rain and wind embodying chaos

_______

when the storm is full on
a wall of rain
and a lit-up sky
strange when the lightning stops
for a few seconds
the first darkenss
in 45 minutes

_______

two buckets
(one steel, one plastic)
placed to catch the drips coming in
around the chimney

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