Desert Puddle

Savoring raindrops
falling from blue immensities
it's easy to forget I'm a puddle –
a liquid anomaly
in a world where moisture is rare

Soon after a storm dissipated
and clouds disappeared from sight
my existence became nothing
but a hollow depression –
a medley of microscopic dust
among hardened clay

Then clouds thickened
and raindrops reappeared
Life returned suddenly
as myriads of creatures around me
awakened in a brief frenzy

Soon the blistering sun returned
as my belly shrank
and the pond that I was
became caked
yet within my skin
creatures slept
waiting for the next cycle to begin

Copyright (c) 1995, 2010 by T Newfields   {{CC-BY-3.0}}
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