The thunder rumbles in the early morning hours

At first in the distance, but rolling closer as the minutes pass.

Daylight is delayed as storm clouds extend the darkness past dawn and

A restless night transitions into a turbulent morning.

Rain finally falls providing some relief from the insufferable heat of this past week.

We sit, she and I, and watch the downpour, torrential at first, then slowing to a steady drumbeat.

The rhythm of the rain a soothing soundtrack as the gray day dawns and, after a fitful night, at last she sleeps.

Karri Temple Brackett
August 7, 2023

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