Rain Delay

By night, the sound of neighbourhood hoses
chattered with artificial rain until dawn
 
silenced their coils and grass glistened.
With evening, every blade burnt blond,
 
I heard the rasp of lawn chair voices,
nicotine musings uttered from garages,
 
men with beer in one hand, despair in the other,
and every vanity was contained in thirsts
 
no earthly mercies could ever slake,
the tears of broken angels no one dried.

Bruce Meyer

Bruce Meyer is author or editor of 64 books of poetry, short fiction, flash fiction, non-fiction, and literary journalism. He is the 2019 winner of the Anton Chekhov Prize for Flash Fiction, the Freefall Prize for Poetry, and was a finalist in the Tom Gallon Trust Fiction Prize and the Bath Short Story Prize. His most recent books are McLuhan's Canary (Guernica Editions) and Pressing Matters: The Story of Black Moss Press (Black Moss Press). Both will appear in October. His previous books include The First Taste: New and Selected Poems (Black Moss Press, 2018) and the short story collection, A Feast of Brief Hopes (Guernica Editions, 2018). A book of essays about his works will appear in 2020 along with a collection of flash fiction, Down in the Ground (both from Guernica Editions). He lives in Barrie, Ontario.