City streets shimmer
Headlights, street lights, building lights
Refract off rivulets.
Rattles and booms declare the business
Of delivery trucks bringing wares.
Strings wrapped around barren branches
Twinkle through the drops
Which beat their uneven rhythm
On my umbrella. Car engines purr
As their tires stage whisper cues,
“Watch out. We splash.”
A city lives, rousing from slumber
To a dark and rainy morn.