this small rain by Alexis Rhone Fancher

this small rain

this small rain sambas on San Vicente
wanders through Whittier
mambos past Montebello
and East LA

this small rain moves like a Latina
over-plucks her eyebrows
drinks Tequila shooters
fronts a girl-band

this small rain works two jobs
dawdles in down pours
this small rain seeds clouds

this small rain drives to Vegas in a tormenta
has a friend in Jesus
needs boots and a winter coat

in this drought-wracked city,
this small rain dreams of flash floods,
depósitos, indigo lakes,
cisterns, high water,
Big Gulps, endless refills

in this drought-wracked city,
this small rain settles on the hierba seca
sleeps under freeways
plays the lotto
is unlucky in love

this small rain longs to hose down the highways
this small rain chases storms

this small rain has a tsunami in her heart

this small rain kamikaze’s
in the gutter
suicides on summer sidewalks
dreams of a deluge
that overflows the river banks
washes L.A. clean

in this drought-wracked city,
this small rain scans the heavens,
looking for a monsoon,
searching for su salvador in the
reclaimed desert sky.

by Alexis Rhone Fancher, finalist, Kind of A Hurricane Press, Editor’s Choice Contest, 2014.

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Editor’s Note: Sometimes poems speak of our lives as they exist right now. This poem uses personification to make a statement about drought and people, creating a relationship between need, resources, survival, and dreams.


2 responses to “this small rain by Alexis Rhone Fancher”

  1. Johanna Ely Avatar
    Johanna Ely

    Great use of personification! I love the 2nd stanza!

  2. Bob Bradshaw Avatar
    Bob Bradshaw

    A fascinating and fun poem! I love how the personal traits of person and rain get intermixed, allowing us to identify with this big-hearted soul.

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