Precious drops

After weeks without,
The ground is dry
And unforgiving,
Plants parched
And gasping
For relief.
Guilty watering
Barely
Wets their lips;
This humanitarian gesture,
This act of pity,
Is sadly too late
For some
And it will be
The strong who survive.

So, when one night
Brings but the briefest
Of showers
It is just short
Of a miracle
To see the change,
To smell the change,
As plants lift
Their weary limbs,
Raising their faces
To the sky;
The sweet fragrance
Of greenness
Fills their veins,
Their souls,
And mine
With silent joy.

Precious drops indeed.

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22 Responses to Precious drops

  1. I feel the pain of your garden….here too it is too late for many plants and containers….fried by lack of rain and each watering just not enough….a scant shower last night brought a bit of relief for some and others are ready to put to rest…..hoping we both get a better amount of rain soon.

  2. LisaDay says:

    It’s been dry, here, too. But I feel the 10 drops we got weren’t even felt by my poor garden vegetables. Here’s to a good rain.

  3. I know how you feel. First real rain here, great relief!

  4. Lisa at Greenbow says:

    Nothing better than that sweet relief of rain. I hate that your garden is so stressed. I know how that makes one feel. I hope this rain broke the drought in your area. May there be more to come.

  5. janesmudgeegarden says:

    That pretty much covers the situation here in the summer, as we stagger from one small rain event to the next. Lovely poem, Cathy.

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Jane – the few drops were on Thursday night and the poem had been brewing since then. Is this how things usually are in your summers then?

      • janesmudgeegarden says:

        Yes, we can have rain forecast, but only receive a small amount. With very hot summers, that soon dries up and it’s as though rain never happened at all. Or a sudden downpour, over in no time, with the same results.

  6. Peter Herpst says:

    Your poem is wonderful. Sorry about your lack of rain this year!

  7. An event certainly worthy of celebrating with a poem Cathy. We missed the rainfall here but it left welcome traces of its passing. Hopefully there is more in the pipeline for later today 🙂

  8. Annette says:

    Just beautiful, Cathy, so evocative of how one feels after weeks of drought, never mind how the plants feel. You’re a lady of many talents 🙂

  9. Cathy beautiful poem that reaches the heart of the gardener. Let it Rain, let it rain! And your garden smiles, raise its leaves, open its flowers and laugh! Dance your plants in the light of the moon, and to the sound of music two roses in love embrace ….. Greetings from Margarita.

  10. No rain here in the South yet – the only moisture coming from early moring dew and the occasional morning mist. Beautiful poem.

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Sandra – it wasn’t even 1mm but we have had a similar shower since and it is really is amazing how different things look and smell

  11. Brian Skeys says:

    We have just had some tonight 💦

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