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. Pouring rain Howling gales Slips and slumps Flooded roads 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. Digital desolation 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.
Springtime continues to elude us. Teasing with flashes of sunshine amidst splashes of rain. Calm moments alternate with gales Seas reflect then blur with stormy waves. Unseasonable snow stops the spring growth Weather patterns are a-changing Fiery clouds accumulate over clear blue skies. Hazy days and cloudy nights. Climate change scientists fight the ego of politicians. Have we the luxury of time to debate how to save the environment? Erase the clouds of bad judgement And please just save our planet.
This is a response to a Flash Fiction prompt from ‘Putting My Feet In the Dirt’, Writing Prompts hosted by ‘M’.\https://puttingmyfeetinthedirt.com/2020/09/01/september-writing-prompts