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Route 66

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Oklahoma Rain

The overhead clouds
look heavy it’s
as if they had
massive lead
weights, weighing
them down.

Ominously dark
and
laden with
rain,

One moment the
horizon is clear,
the sun
shining lovingly
bright,

the next time I
glance, massive
black clouds are
steam-rolling
heading
my way.

The heavens
are dragging
themselves over
the earth
like a
drunkard after
an alcoholic
binge.

The theatrics
begins
with a slow
pitter-patter
of tiny droplets
while, the smell of
precipitation
permeates the
pregnant moist air.

Suddenly, the
floodgates
are opened with
thunder and lighting,
snapping and sizzling,
announcing the
mighty deluge.

There’s no escaping
the inevitable,
while cloudburst
eruptions
proclaim the
apocalyptical.

I’m blinded by
the sunless
downpour;
frightened,
I’ve never seen
the force of
nature so
dramatic before.

All I see is
torrents,
and like
the story of Noah,
there’s nowhere
I can run to,
Nowhere I can hide.

All I can do is lower
my head and quietly
ask God for forgiveness
and a little respite.

Devil’s Playground

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I know how the Okies felt
I’ve seen the images.
I’ve read the, Grapes of Wrath.
I’ve driven on that path.

I’ve driven from Oklahoma to California
If you want to see what I’ve seen
try moving your family-
to the promised land site
unseen.

There’s anxiety
Moving from State to State
when your goal
is not to reach
the West Coast
too late…

After Texas-
Everything seems so dry.

From New Mexico to Arizona
Cross the river-
you’re in Needles.
The backside of California.

Its the Devils Playground
and seems as though
it never stops!

Over the last mountain
past Death Valley
Then…
Everything’s green!
Finally-
you realize that you’ve
been chasing your
California
Dream.