For two whole hours it rained
so hard cars failed in the washes,
and drivers waded out clinging
to tiny, smart phones
that still called out over waves.
Clouds hung on to the city's
rising heat and ruined plans
for a mass gathering in the park,
where children would light fifteen hundred
sparklers to set some record,
to hold them up for judges to count:
a kind of offering to a storm
that arrived early.