Morning light through surrounding windows,
is dimmed by lowered Oregon clouds,
revealing yet a new day’s smattering of rain,
tiny rivulets snaking their way down wet panes,
daffodils left unbruised by the soft droplets,
and rivers flow unchanged enroute to the sea.
A few states away, another rain is falling,
booming thunder, jagged lightning, harsh deluge
driven horizontal by strong Midwest winds,
lashing against windows and windshields,
unwary drivers hood deep in freeway underpass.
Rivers crest, float houses awry in rivers
swollen well beyond their muddy banks.