Three Monkeys Online

A Curious, Alternative Magazine

The County of Rain

By Kevin Casey

Kevin Casey is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and the University of Connecticut. His work has been published by The Orange Room Review, Small Print Magazine, Frostwriting, Turtle Island Review, The Monarch Review, and others. He currently teaches literature at a small university in Maine.

The County of Rain

Lush and glistening,
strands of rubies used to spill
from the thrush’s throat;
but now the dew will dry
before the sun rises, and we
endure a thirsty cinder,
and then a choking,
broken moon.

And so I’ll drive
through the night,
past the pine barren’s
wind-thrawn forms
to your county of rain,
where webbed clouds
bow, set topaz flakes

in your mist-curled hair,
and where — just beyond
your garden of blue flag
and rushes — a thrush weaves
its nest of azure threads
pulled from a stream’s
endless plaiting.

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