When the Floods Came by Jennifer Mary Haynes Rankin

When the floods came
the wind too hurling in gales
released from the vast plateau of nothingness

when we were all sucked down
exhilarated by the simple action
of water falling into the earth

then I wanted to send you a telegram
world-traveller, student of the earth

I wanted to let you know
what it was like in this new ark
before the waters dried and the land muddied and cracked

taking us back with itself into itself.

From: Rankin, Jennifer, “When the Floods Came” in The North American Review, Summer 1979, p. 15.

Date: 1978

By: Jennifer Mary Haynes Rankin (1941-1979)


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