Flooded River It Sweeps

the whole town
swelling and swallowing

the streets and houses
up to the steps

of our front porch
The Bible tells us

that God spared Noah
the flood because he was

and I quote
a good man

but it doesn’t tell us
about the other townspeople

the ones who all
would drown how they

I am sure of it
stormed up to his ark

beat their fists against
its sides and cried

Wasn’t I too? Wasn’t I too?

Read on . . .

Waterline,” a poem by Ocean Vuong