John Brantingham


Paul Klee’s After the Flood




After the flood, the land around you is
covered with the brown silt of river
bottoms and debris brought from wherever
the water dragged it from upstream, and this
chaos is what your life now is. After the flood
you wonder what it means to move on,
and if this life in this place is at its end
for you, and if you would stay here if you could.
But, after the flood, you realize the land is
renewed. The silt covering everything is earth
charged with new life for growing, and you’ll
probably leave, but you’re not done, and this
land is not done, and maybe change is worth
being reborn to a new possible world.