An eerie glow filled
a dust-darkened sky,
yet one more rainless day,
with a hot, driving wind
trading soil between
Sudden calm stills the wind,
a metallic air feels oddly heavy.
Horses snort and toss anxious heads,
low moans come from the bunched cattle,
and chickens halt their ceaseless scrabble
for sparse seeds of grain within the dust..
A promising freshet of cooling breeze,
flashes of heat lightning,
and splintered lightning strikes
out of rain-dark clouds.
A distant roar, and a rising wind
bring huge droplets of rain
clattering on farms’ tin roofs.
Quickly past, the storm
had left only momentary cooling,
drying divots from rainbeads in the dust,
and the chickens searched anew.