The End of One Rain
fter forty days and forty nights, the rain stopped. By noon we had
gathered for a picnic where the mighty Mississippi met the Missouri in
St. Louis, under the arch.
Spreading out the blanket while I found the wine and cheese, Plain Jane
remarked, pointing, "The city just disappeared into a drain!" Sure
enough, picking through the mob, I saw--slumped to my rump at the
roots of a pine tree--but couldn't believe...
The people cheered and toasted, wine glasses chimed, throats purred,
tails wagged. The people cheered, "No more fighting, no more wars!" I
stood up and said, "I am appalled. Though they were different, their
difference made us stronger." Plain Jane remarked, pointing, "Would you
like to join them, Paul," and shoved. I was swept away but caught
myself on a sewer lid.
I was forced to choose: I could either lose my self in my own kind or
live apart with strangers.
What could I do?
I let go.
First published: October 1997