The cloud patrols, and waters its plantation,
for the most part without anger. But today—
what did we do, what did we do to stimulate
such frightening thunder and cruel lightning
to assail this mighty oaken overseer in two?
What slowdown or revolt is even thinkable?
Tom Riordan lives in New Jersey. He’s a retired restaurant worker and teacher, and dreams about becoming pope for his next career.

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