Diane teaches creative writing at University of Arkansas at Monticello. She is the author of Burning Tulips and A New Kind of Music. She has been published in hundreds of literary journals. Her most recent publications include: Marco Polo Arts, Lunch Ticket, New Verse News, Oklahoma Review, and The Rusty Nail.
"Spare Rain" was printed in Mid-America Poetry Review, Spring 2001.
© 2012 Diane Payne
People ducking beneath wet umbrellas,
avoiding the woman's hand reaching
out from the window ledge. "Spare
change?" she asks to no one in particular.
"Spare rain?" a man laughs running to his car,
giving the woman one last look before crawling
into the driver's seat, while the woman remains
crouched, filling her hand with spare rain.