Water works

Rain in Ohio

by Mary Oliver

The robin cries: rain!
The crow calls: plunder!

The blacksnake climbing
in the vine halts
his long ladder of muscle

While the thunderheads whirl up
out of the white west,

their dark hooves nicking
the tall trees as they come.

Rain, rain, rain! sings the robin
frantically, then flies for cover.

The crow hunches.
The blacksnake

pours himself swift and heavy
into the ground.

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