Scarcity / nancy anne miller

The palm branch glides
down into the bottom
of the shallow water
menacing as a sting ray eel.

Is an open grateful hand
when the tank is flooded
from the torrents of a storm.
Shutters on the house

collect beads of rain on
wooden slats. A math board
which counts out how many
inches fell for how many days.

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Nancy Anne Miller was born in Bermuda and has a MLitt in Creative Writing from the University of Glasgow. Her poems have appeared in Edinburgh Review, Stand, The Caribbean Writer, Journal of Caribbean Literatures, The Dalhousie Review, The Fiddlehead, Via, Hampden-Sydney Poetry Review and The Cordite Poetry Review, among others.

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