Persistent Rain

Rain arrives in sheets of water

Dripping, draining, splashing drops

Relieving California’s drought.

For days and weeks the sky is dark

The storm front rolls in, rolls in

The hills become verdantly alive.

Rivers rise steadily tumbling, speeding along,

The rocks roll off the cliffs onto roads,

And silvery streams splash steadily in renewed flow.

Thirsty rugged mountains drink in the snow

Leaving gurgling rushing waters and streams

To emerge vitalizing the gardens in the spring.

During the longest night-Winter solstice, the weather’s

Onslaught of drizzling, draining, constant drips–a needed persistent deluge.

It rejuvenates plants, animals, and protects the earth

From the summer sun that parches and dries

The most persistent crops and the scenic rivers’ magnificent salmon.

The rhythm of the splashing rain is music to humans and to our earth

It restores moisture to our parched drought-ridden parks and lands.

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