Houston’s Wettest Summer

2021, Houston’s Wettest Summer, when perennial cloud cover hung over the city. Taken above my home on 6 July 2021.

The rain hammered outside, hitting the top of my neighbor’s tin roof. This made it louder—more annoying and frightening—than if it were falling on the ground.

It must have been 3am, since the rain roused me from a deep sleep, the kind that is a pure blackout, where any and all memories, thoughts, feelings cease to exist. I thought, This is a special kind of feeling that is accessed infrequently. Thoughts filtered…