suddenly a stream of rain falls
columnar, not shared with many houses.
are going on: gifts of cylindrical rain
a high wave reaching a particular shore.
No pain can be attributed, passed on
but like the rain in the cylinder it is targeted.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Elizabeth Smither’s most recent collections of poetry are Red Shoes (Te Mata Poet Laureate 3) and A Question of Gravity; Selected Poems(Arc Publications, 2004). Her new novel, Different Kinds of Pleasure, will be published by Penguin in May 2006.