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Ominous silence.
Zane Grey outriders of the rain
in steely, Long Rider overcoats
appear in the ocean
of air
as it takes on
the brittle, cellophane countenance
of danger.

in Panavision, precursors
of an impenetrable curtain
of rustled rain
wresting thirst from the Earth.



~ cho - kuh - king ~

plunging along
an invisible Chisolm Trail
as Thunder
unholsters its sixguns
for a showdown
with Lightning.

The sounds of its rawhide
cattledrive rifleshot crackers
fracture the ears as hooves pound
the invisible ground
with a heart-quickening fear
Nature wants us
Dead, not Alive.

Then Lightening arrives
in floor-to-ceiling flashes,
beating its chest,
white-hot, demanding

Look at me!
See me!  Fear me!  Admire me!
Down on your knees
to worship so sexy
a blade of pure energy
in the face
of the Thunder!

But Wind's gusts
abruptly attack,
hustling them off,
Long Riders flapping
like sails, leaving

-----only a cleannnnn-----

in such high, raised relief
you can almost see
         objects left
                    in the redolence
                                   of the rain.............



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Vi's works appear widely both in print and online. She conducts Poetry Workshops and gives readings in Central New York. Her latest chapbook is "Sine Qua Non Antiques (an Arcanum of History, Geography and Treachery).
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