A Drought Ended


He would throw her 

                   across the room. 

Some men make sport of such things.


I was warned to see and blind.


Still, I watched through the window

how her children, forced into a ritual

dandy shandy, dodged their wailing mother.


The day she heaved the pot from the stove,


a drought ended in Pell River.


Colin             a cumulus of steam              screamed.



Behind the bamboo fence

         I joined neighbours

who had secretly danced for rain.


Serve him right, they said,

injustice don’t sleep long like death.










Juleus Ghunta is a Jamaican motivational speaker and creator of the Dreamright concept. He has a BA in Media from the University of the West Indies, Mona. His poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Bim: Arts for the 21st CenturyBookends (Jamaica Observer), Poetry PacificSusumba’s Book Bag, and Poui: Cave Hill Journal of Creative Writing.  Ghunta is indebted to his friend and mentor, the poet Janneth Mornan-Green.