It rained on Wednesday. I walked out to the backyard barefoot— late August— felt the developing mud between my toes, sat down. I felt the cold, fresh rain on my face, thought about the likely grass stains on my jeans soaking through the fibers. The sky was a matte grey that reached out, enveloped me. Where the sun would have been was the torso of a cedar along the southern fence, which happily clapped in the rain. I imagined, in the loosening earth, its roots dancing.