the flood waters came on the earth
Rain broke the riverbanks,
licked up harvests from fields of barley,
wheat and vines,
swallowed our herds, the newest kid,
a ewe with twin lambs.
Through forty ages
inland seas dragged cattle down.
Sheep and horses drowned,
bodies entombed in bottomless mud.
Crows, black as night when the lamps went out,
perched on branches of fallen trees
bobbing along on the crests of waves
under moons without light,
suns without rays.