Agnes Tso


male rain

He comes
 riding on the wind
  kicking up dust
   bending the trees
    blowing flakes of rain
He flees past my window
 to a distant rumble

In-laws beware of him
who mocks the braves
as his features are majestic illusions
his knife the cutting cold
and his soul a drifter
female rain

she pregnant with rain child
   and gently
in the night

At dawn she gives birth
 to little droplets of rain
  and for days on end


male rain has come and gone
female rain is fading in the distance
father sun is here
and mother earth is awakening
Agnes Tso. "male rain," "female rain," and "awakening" from Sun Tracks, vol. 2, no. 1 (fall 1975). Copyright ©1975 by Agnes Tso. Reprinted by permission of the author.

As printed in Larry Evers, ed. The South Corner of Time. Tucson, Ariz.: The University of Arizona Press, ©1980, p. 95.