Flood Crest

A poem by R. Gerry Fabian


It’s been raining for weeks
and he finds himself
revisiting segments of childhood.
In every case,
things turn out much worse.
He quits school in his junior year.
Soon after, he’s drafted
and spends Viet Nam as a P.O.W.
His marriage to his only sweetheart
ends in bitter divorce.
Instead of moving,
they remain in town
as a constant paper cut twinge.

The rain has become his secrets.
There are reports of flooding
across the entire state.
He watches the skies
with respect for the power
of rain.


R. Gerry Fabian is a retired English instructor, as well as the editor of Raw Dog Press. His poetry has appeared in various poetry magazines since 1972. His novel, Memphis Masquerade, and his poetry collection, Parallels, are available at Smashwords and all other e-Book outlets.

Check out his website!

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