The Rain (Two Poems)

1.
I did not hear the rain
because I had my earphones on.
And if you’d ask which track,
I’d shrug —
I think it was some British act,
some chamber pop that made a play
of glottal stops.
And then some aural guide
on pastry terms: millefeuille,
macaron, pithiviers…
but that was before the rain.
All along I must have listened to
the sound of silence digitized.

2.
I did not hear the rain
because it had its stealth mode on.
And if you’d say a cat,
I’d nod —
A thousand-footed cat
that’s sleek in form
and dark in hue, tiptoeing
over ground and grass
and greenish pool
with tiny, wet, and silent paws.

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