how to disappear in the city in the rain

by Yongyu Chen

wait
as the water beats
on your face
like the perfectly flat
skin of a drum and
as it fits
your smile
like an oyster
let
memories of everything
you’ve touched
roll from your pockets
like pennies
somehow licked away by the cool water
leaving just
sticky rust left
on your fingertips
watch
breathlessly
as the drops
stick to you like blue clay
and each one takes
something from you
and each drop erodes you
closer
closer and closer and closer
into raindust