Over the last two days
We have had weather in all ways
Horizontally and vertically the wind did blow
so too the rain did fall.
Slips and slumps
Then came the high tide
The creek overflowed
The lawns became a lake
It was more than we could take
Rivers were in flood
Trees ripped out
Bridges were gone
Everywhere was sodden mud
Damaged houses subsided in landslips galore
Driveways slipped down the hills
Ditches and drains could hold no more
Householders now face huge clean up bills
A 100 year event was in store
350 mm rainfall in only two days
I cannot remember such a deluge before
Climate change is definitely underway.
And yet, just a month or two ago
Another weather event had also been described just so.
Someone can’t count the days or the years
This weather event will surely all end in tears.
The power went out… and then it came back
BUT THEN… Shock and horror
The internet went down.
Our digital connection was gone.
I was in disconnect despair
Rain fade stopped the tv feed
We had no news updates
or weather warnings to heed.
Looking out the window was all we could do
Yes - it was still raining and blowing too
Thank goodness for notebooks and pens
so I could write this plea to the weather gods,
"Please stop the rain, I promise to be good
Its just too wet in this neighbourhood"
Suddenly I caught a brief glimpse of moonlight
peeping out from the clouds of the night
Perhaps the wind is blowing the clouds away.
Is the rain going to stop at last?
The third morning dawned bright with light
Of the wind and rain there was no sound nor sight
It was over but it had left behind
A devastating plight
We walked to see what damage had been done
although we could have just swum
The ground was awash with muddy water
amidst slippery piles of clay and stone
At last there were helicopters up in the air
Assessing the damage to the isolated grounds
Diggers were ferried by barge to the Sounds
No traffic getting through by road.
Maybe they will soon fix the power and phones
To make sure people are safe in their homes
By 5pm that day the phone started pinging
"Are you alright” the messages were asking
"Yes", we replied thankfully though many are not
At least we still have homes safe from the flood
Our thoughts are with those much less fortunate than us
As evacuations end and the big clean up begins.
So until the next time Mother Nature intervenes
to send us another reminder of climate change
Lets hope we all listen and do our bit
to keep this planet healthy and fit.