on time

shallow, shingle-banked
Severn trickles through Bridgenorth
gulls gather in pools

~

n.b. Whatever rain falls this week will be welcome. The sign is superfluous. How can there be fish here, where the mighty river, bordering Wales and England, runs as thin as a shroud across stony ground?

CLP 06/09/2022

on rain

we bemoan presence
your mild inconvenience
weep at absence

~

n.b. Notes, coins and electronic tokens in private water companies’ bank accounts are worth nothing when Nature’s reserves have been spent.

It is expected that a drought is to be declared in England today. July 2022 saw just 10% of average rain fall for the month, while August has seen close to none at all.

We search the skies for signs of rain. What next, rain dances, prayers?

CLP 12/08/2022

on time

hear that? rain's patter
streaked, dusty window, cool air
grass barely alive

~

CLP 26/07/2022

on grass

without rain for weeks
cricket fields lose colour
outfield now glass

n.b. Batsmen love it.

CLP 24/07/2022