the wax paper

Drought Season

Once, air purled exactly 

as it was meant to.

Vapor became rain

on ordinary days.

In this way, spring 

and necessary green.

It was possible 

to imagine some-

thing like infinity.


But the sky is wrong

this season. The river

gone dry. Our crops 

decline and children 

all stay indoors with 

the AC on high while 

we decide to believe 

in miracles to get by.

Holly Wren Spaulding’s poems, articles and reviews have appeared in The New York Times, The Nation, Michigan Quarterly Review, Witness, The Ecologist, and in the book We Are Everywhere: The Irresistible Rise of Global Anti-Capitalism (Verso). Alice Greene & Co. published Pilgrim, in 2014. If August, will be published in 2017.