Erik Wahl

Northwest Living

without rain
flowers can't grow
but people with their homes on their backs
slog through endless puddles
laden down with sorry, soggy weight
curses the homeless, but—
without rain
trees can't grow
without trees
houses can't be built
without houses
we are all homeless.
bless the rain
curse the rain
it makes no difference
without rain
people are dust
and dust has no home
honor the rain
accept the rain
embrace the rain
for it embraces all of us
homeless and homed alike

—Erik Wahl

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