The Storm Drain

"The Storm Drain" is the first song in the Mark Abel's song cycle The Palm Trees are Restless, which sets the poetry of Kate Gale.

Date: 2016Composer: Mark AbelText: Kate GaleSong Collection: The Palm Trees are Restless

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The Storm Drain
by Kate Gale

Liquid canopy descending sky
It’s dark inside the storm drain but you took me here.
Tongue slow lips open hands lightly under.

When I’m eighty no one will crawl with me
in a storm drain to hold my breasts
while the sky is falling.

I lean into corrugated metal. Rust.
Age. Wet. My back into all that.



Home is a Harbor & The Palm Trees are Restless

(Mark Abel and Kate Gale)


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