The earth has a memory.

June 19th, 2014, 5pm

It was 25.6°C with few clouds. The wind was light.

It doesn’t rain much in the desert. And even though we’re technically only in the semi-arid valley, we don’t get much rain either.

When it comes, rain is a pounding, driving, soaking affair that reminds us how much we love the sun. But it’s an archaeologist, too, digging up the memories of past lives, memories buried in my backyard.

Each rainstorm unearths a fresh batch of peach stones. They rise to the surface like fossils, shaking off the silt and years. Some look fresh, are boldly wrinkled and light skinned. Others are dinosaurs, blackened with age and ancient fires I’ll never know of.

The peach tree must have been in front of the shed. The pits seem to congregate there, as if the old weed-ridden stump calls to them. Like a mother duck gathers her scattered ducklings after a sudden summer rain.

Shu, Adrian and Jack said thanks.

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Jess Hutton

I write. I don't like shoes. I do like cheese.

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