Over another Hump

Monday, October 24, 2005

First Rain.

After almost four years without our summer rains clouds are gathering and we have already had over one inch of rain, delivered in the first real electrical storm for years. We have had rain but not the thrilling light shows we are used to. Sometimes we have watched lightening flash in awesome displays that have lasted all night. Our storms generally come at night.

Dark clouds crowd the sky,
wind swirls winter's detritus,
changes cloud shapes
to form Thor's anvil.

Bird songs cease, blossoms
release perfumed oils
to float on warm, waiting air
in eerie yellow light.

Low grumbles swirl closer,
sky lowers, darkens,
promises rain to
frogs' rasping chorus.

Wind bells, rudely rattled
by strengthened wind,
dance to fresh music
under sheltering eaves.

Lightning snaps its jaws,
cracks to earth
in the brooding still as
fat drops begin to fall.
The feeling of isolation comes after some of these storms. Roads are often cut for days where bridges are low-lying. Travellers are generally prepared for such eventualities and, in some areas good money is made by locals who pull unwary drivers out of a suddenly swollen creek. This little lake is fun for both kids and adults to paddle through.


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    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11:02 PM  

  • it gives a very nice mental picture.... you can almost smell the first drops of rain as they hit the the dust....
    Keep up the work as it gives me something to look forward to in the next few months....

    from the wayward Son in the Great White North..

    By Anonymous Ken, at 7:19 PM  

  • Glad you liked it Ken. Great to hear from you again. Am counting the months. Have been off air for over a week - I hate not being able to use the internet. Mum

    By Blogger Frances Mackay, at 4:42 PM  

  • i really like this poem thank you for posting it here

    By Blogger David E. Patton, at 12:13 PM  

  • Hi Frances, its good to have you back again in the blog world. Thank you for stopping by my blog and your comment.

    Its so nice and refreshing to read about "your world" its like an oasis where time kind of stands still..and the simple and beautiful things are the most important...as they should be..

    We are getting tons of rain here also day after day lately..

    Stay well and healthy,

    Angel Blessings,

    By Blogger Rhiannon, at 10:30 PM  

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