the end is the beginning


Searing heat

   burning the air

Brown grass

   crispy underfoot,

Withered shrubs

   with sunburned tops,

   planted with green hope

   in the long-ago showery spring

Curled leaf edges

   on the ground, or

   still hanging on

Parched air

   hanging still

   or blown by dry wisps of breeze

Crawling bugs,

   with no mosquitoes

   breeding grounds vanished

Gaping lines in the dirt

   cracked earth with dusty cover

Cloudless blue sky


Monotonous repetition of days

   ever hopeful,

   never satisfied,




White spotted sky

Green dotted radar

Promising winds

Gray leaf backs

Dark heavy clouds

No rain.



A distant rumble

Dark skies to the west

Gathering wind



Birds fly to nests,

Shadows blocking sunlight

Powerful winds

Trees sway and bend

Whistling, moaning, blowing

Shivers on the spine





   Plink, splat,

    plop, plop, plippety plop



Pouring, rushing currents

Down and down and down

Gulping soaking sponge-like ground

Hammering roofs,

Overflowing spills,

Across roads and out of gutters

Walls of water

Carrying on

  and on

    and on

Answered prayers.

16 thoughts on “the end is the beginning

  1. Steph McCabe says:

    Lovely poem. I woke to showers in my neck-of-the-woods this morning, too. Your poem captured its sound perfectly.


  2. Dana says:

    Lovely. Such strong word choices!

  3. onesunflower says:

    wow – your words, pace and placement really gave me a feeling of being there.

  4. margaretsmn says:

    It’s raining here too. I like listening to your poem, the sounds are real and lovely.

  5. Mmm. Makes me want to fall asleep to the sound of your poem. Thank you for sharing.

  6. Bev says:

    Love your poem! We are still in the first part – waiting for rain! What a weird hot summer it has been all over!
    Thanks for stopping by with such lovely words!

  7. newtreemom says:

    We’re still waiting, but i can feel it coming after reading this. Thanks.

  8. These are such awesome poems and would be terrific mentor texts to use with the kids at school. I love the word ‘crispy’…I think it is perfect to describe our grass in this drought. xo nanc

  9. Judy C. says:

    How I could relate to every verse of your poem (until the last). We’re still waiting for rain – it seems to go all around us. Your words give me something to hang on to!

  10. The poem picked up its pace, just like the rain does. We too had a break last Friday when a cold front came through, & we had 70’s & rain that day & Saturday. Whew! We are usually dry, but not in the 100’s & dry. I’m in Colorado, but don’t know where you are. Thanks!

  11. WOW that was wonderful. I really felt like I was in a storm and began reading faster and faster as it progressed.

  12. Michelle @litlearningzone says:

    I think you write for many – excepting we are still waiting for rain as well. Great word choice!

  13. This is so well crafted. I saw and felt everything.

  14. Like a three act play, your poem delivered the much needed rain. We anticipate rain in summer and it’s the build up of tension that often intrigues. The clouds sometimes taunt us with promises that fail to eventuate. Much relief when it actually comes. Thank you for taking us, your readers, on a journey through a familiar natural phenomena in a wholly original manner.

  15. Ramona says:

    I worry for so many friends and relatives in the parched, drought stricken parts of the country. Your poem described the withered landscape so well, made me long with you for the rain, and rejoice at the answered prayers. Hopefully many more will soon hear the drip, drop, plop on their roofs.

  16. pamelahodges says:

    I loved the structure. Beginning Middle End
    I can see it as a book for children. The images are so visual without illustrations. Illustrations would be so beautiful.
    Lovely, simply lovely.

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