Humidity hints.

Cool - like an apple taken

from an east Texas root cellar

in summer half a century ago.

The huge soft-sponged dome

of sky is pale-milky and

quietly pulling toward bright.

A deep, clear blue sneaks

in under this silk overcast.

And at a precise

predetermined moment

the schoolyard crows

scatter, flapping and calling,

wanting rain.

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