On biking after the rain in Nevada City following a long drought, 2014

for Kassandra Leiva

Steam streams from sunny roadside signposts

Soaked with the sap of long-awaited rain.

The deluge overture concluded,

The soil plays its first notes of green.

The symphony spring sings seems so familiar,

Yet each new rain gives birth to sound anew

Just as the parched earth calls for its conductor,

So I am mute, dear, without you.