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.