Rohan Buettel

After the Rain

After the rain, a droplet hangs 
from the bare bough of a Japanese maple,

slowly elongating, suspended,  
an opaque crescent gleaming

from the curve of its base. 
The moon waxes as the body stretches.

I wait for the moment when gravitys weight
overcomes the cohesive force 

of molecules, the surface tension pinches, 
an elastic membrane breaks. 

A sphere will fall.
Still, I wait…

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Rohan Buettel lives in Canberra, Australia’s capital city. His haiku have been published in various Australian and international journals (including Frogpond, Cattails and The Heron’s Nest). His longer poetry appears or is forthcoming in Penumbra Literary and Art Journal, Mortal Magazine, Red Ogre Review, Reed Magazine, Meniscus and Quadrant.