San Juan's Day


Richard Shelton

during summer in these latitudes
one disappointment is as good as another
each year when the rains come
we are convinced by the sophistries of water
that the dust will not be back
and each year it returns unerringly
falling upon us
like the patience we have forgotten we possess

From Selected Poems 1969 - 1981 by Richard Shelton, © 1982 Richard Shelton. All rights are controlled by the University of Pittsburgh Press, Pittsburgh, PA 15260. Used by permission of the University of Pittsburgh Press.
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