The raven caws three times and then the rain falls. Heaven’s sky tears down with a beautiful viciousness. Above my head, I study the layers of silt and dust on the avocado leaves. I think this is the accumulated detritus of this past summer’s volcanic eruption. 
It was a summer deadened by the horror of wars scattered without rhyme or reason upon this pristine cobalt orb we call home, a summer of threats against one nation or another by one nation or another, a summer of soccer moms down on hope but high on crank cruising Meth Street USA, a summer where blacks are living more and more in their own world, while whites are living more and more in theirs, and they never kiss anymore.
It was a summer of polar bears without homes, coyotes lying motionless on the side of the road, and giant blue whales washing up lifeless upon California’s shores. I confess, my spine had almost fused with futility, until the rain came.

3 thoughts on “UNTIL THE RAIN CAME performed by SCOTT UTLEY”

  1. I had almost forgotten all about this piece until I found it attached to a photo of the Raven you see. It was only the summer before last or the one before that. ~ I have done a little research and discovered it was the 2010 eruptions of Eyjafjallajökull in Iceland. This volcano halted air traffic over Europe and prevented President Obama from making a scheduled trip from Washington, DC, to Europe, or it at least altered his journey. This piece addresses, quite unconsciously on my part, global warming, race relations and the lethal proliferation of methamphetamine consumption across the globe. These are three of the most pressing issues of today. They all have simple, obvious solutions if we are simply willing to apply them.


    1. Wow! I’ve been reading some of your works. You are quite the artist who portrays the essence of the days we live in…very impressive…and thank you for caring and sharing about life’s precious gifts we have here on earth.


      1. Sharon Gilbert, having taken the time you have taken here to express your appreciation for what it is I do, means a great deal to me. You have inspired me. Thank you.


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