watching the news

upstream
the river is flooding
we can see it coming
we know towns are drowning
but what more can we do
than wait

the equinox is two days away
that’s when the rains will return
along with the warming trend
we can predict these things
with startling clarity
the ground we live on
is saturated
still what more can we do
than wait

I heard a Muslim American recount
how Thursday night she had this feeling
that at that moment
a shooting was happening
at a mosque
somewhere in the world
she went to sleep
for what else was there to do

in the morning
she read of New Zealand
in terror

the water levels are rising
they will be for some days yet
those in low lying areas
are urged to make preparations
the rest of us
who reside on higher ground
are told we have nothing to worry about
why would we worry
when we are dry
what more can we do
than wait

©JEREMY RUZICH

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