The weather isn’t news unless extreme,
though the news is a kind of grumbling weather—
fortunately far-off and dwindled, tinny,
as voices remembered from a dream.
Men need freshness most. What can offer any?
Not memory and history together.
Only what’s outside skin or brain
can make a difference to what’s caught in it.
That difference might be nothing more than light,
the rusty odor of dust freckling with rain,
or the rain-drops, dust-floured, dusty white,
that roll about like mercury a minute.
© Jack Butler