Ways to Divert Rainwater
First, shellac your wide-brimmed hat
with the upturned edges.
Affix it with tubes attached
to bottles on your belt. Go out
in the rain. Feel mud suck
your toes, gravity slurp laces,
tongues flap cotton fields
riven by rain. Build scaffolds
for your shoes. Go inside, take tea,
empty the bottles that remain
and go again out in the rain.
Build your roof in the shape
of a funnel. Attach a metal
pipe to an underground aqueduct.
Fill your tub, affix your purple octopus
with the suction cups to the side.
Perhaps some pink bubbles.
Dry yourself, then place plush
yellow terry towel on tree branches
you arranged outside your window.
Wait for the sun’s diagonal slant.
Take tea and contemplate
thirty-eight proposals for a steep slope
for gathering rainwater. Be the splash.
Be the splash you want to make.
Originally published in The Cafe Review
Photo Credit: Stewart Ferebee