Godzilla’s revenge, or, self-portrait on a t-shirt
Morning after a rain, baby crickets fling themselves out of the grass,
like someone told them they have to jump upstream
recklessly to spawn. I’m sure placing my lame dog
on the grass to pee that I have crushed thousands of them.
I always felt Godzilla had no burden of guilt for the sweep
of his tail when trying to get around in the city. The crickets
can be so loud in the back yard that when I lay awake
at 1 a.m. trying to sleep I can barely hear the two churches
compete to toll the hour through the open second floor window.
We live on a hill. When the rain came last night I ran outside
and pointed my phone’s flashlight along the edge of the road.
It takes a few minutes in a hard rain but the water flow that starts
at the top of the hill winds its way to my street and passes
my house, first as a trickle, then a rivulet, then river then
a torrent that leaps the sidewalk and takes up a third
of the street. I like to see that first movement of water
before I go back inside. In the morning dozens
of businesses have been flooded. A police car floating like a lily
in the intersection by the bakery. It’s a hot and dry day.
Gravel and dirt are spread over the streets like the
footprints of a giant monster with no memory it was here.