Blessing



The skin cracks like a pod.
There never is enough water.
Imagine the drip of it,
the small splash, echocrack.jpg
in a tin mug,
the voice of a kindly god.
Sometimes, the sudden rush
of fortune. The municipal pipe bursts,
silver crashes to the ground
and the flow has found
a roar of tongues. From the huts,
a congregation: every man woman
child for streets around
butts in, with pots,
brass, copper, aluminium,
plastic buckets,
frantic hands,
and naked children
screaming in the liquid sun,
their highlights polished to perfection,Rain.jpg
flashing light,
as the blessing sings
over their small bones.