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27 April, 2020: Flash Flood

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Flash Flood

by Laura Kennelly

When you marry you wear
a ring and they never
tell you how strong
feeling can be.
Creek beds parch, unused
ninety-nine years,
but on that hundredth
we know why
they exist.
It doesn’t rain much at first,
just a mist.
Then suddenly, in
an hour:
enough to sweep you
downstream, holding on
to nothing but air,
while you wonder
if the ring
if the banks
will hold.
It’s been that way
but no one remembers
to tell.
“Flash Flood” by Laura Kennelly, from  A Certain Attitude: Poems by Seven Texas Women. Pecan Grove Press, 1995. Used by permission of the author.
Laura Kennelly’s first collection of poetry appeared in The Passage of Mrs. Jung (Norton Coker Press, 1990). An Ohio resident since 1996, she’s written essays and reviews for Cool Cleveland, Northern Ohio Live, and Scene. Other publications include poems in Studies in Contemporary Satire, A Measured Response: Poems on the Viet Nam and Persian Gulf War, Pegasus, Giants Play Well in the Drizzle, Concho River Review, Exquisite Corpse, Dog River Review, Pangloss Papers, RE: Arts and Letters, New Mexico Humanities Review, Australian Journal of Communication, San Jose Studies, and elsewhere. Her Twitter and Instagram handles are @larakennelly and her blog is at

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Write a poem about the job, career, or profession of your current or ideal partner. How do/would you figure into their work?

One of a kind poem and will last forever.
6/26/2020 6:18:12 PM

Cyndi Hilston
Beautifully rendered! I love the idea of water representing the essence of love. It's alive, even when still.
4/29/2020 11:56:34 AM

Gina Tabasso
All of my favorite women are gathered here. Hello lovelies! Great poem, Laura. Miss you.
4/27/2020 6:31:22 PM

Nancy Beach
Beautiful reminder.
4/27/2020 4:56:29 PM

Kelly Griffiths
Love is dangerous. Possibly the most frightening thing we do. Lovely reminder here.
4/27/2020 4:39:49 PM

Mary Turzillo
A deep poem, a love poem that says so much in so few words. Exquisite.
4/27/2020 9:29:08 AM

Cathy Barber
I love the metaphor and the off camera 'they.'
4/27/2020 7:07:41 AM

READ + WRITE: 30 Days of Poetry is a collaboration between Cuyahoga County Public Library and poet Diane Kendig. Our thanks go to Diane and the poets of Northeast Ohio who allowed us to share their poetry.