Fireman in burnt out forest

The Month That the Rains Came

In Poetry by


July 2021
It seems to me
that there has
been more rain
than any time
in memory

But that was
only in the
US Northeast

In the Pacific
Northwest and
western Canada
hundreds die
from the heat

An entire small
Canadian town
is destroyed from
the heat and the
“Bootleg Fire”
in Northern
Oregon covers
more space than
New York City

Covid19 spikes
in Mississippi and
Missouri after
already killing
more than half a
million in the US

Outside the US
hundreds in
Germany and
Belgium are
killed by
flash floods

In this battle
of insults
when Nature
says Fuck You
to us it does
no good for us
to say
           so’s your mother … or
           wanna make something of it?
or to send in the Marines
we need another answer and soon

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John F. McMullen

John F. McMullen“johnmac the bard”, is an adjunct professor at Westchester Community College, a graduate of Iona College, the holder of two Masters degrees from Marist College, a member of the American Academy of Poets and Poets & Writers, the author of over 2,500 columns and ten books (eight poetry, the most recent of which is My Life In 26 Poems (2021)), and a contributor to many anthologies. Additionally, he has been the host of a weekly Internet Radio Show (three hundred shows to date) and hosted many Zoom poetry and writers meetings throughout the pandemic.