after a couple weeks of high pressure/ low humidity and 90++ heat, we
have had some welcome relief from the beating-down sun of late summer.
all things seem to open again, leaves uncurl and welcome the moisture.
even the grass, which was approaching the crispy dried-hay state,
is fresh and green this morning. there is much activity out in the yard;
the many birds pull worms from the wet ground with abandon.
the dry cracked earth receives the
blessing of the rain….
although there have been the thunderstorms of summer, their brief
hard downpours generally run-off the dry ground. this rain began
soft and slow. yesterday’s overcast morning just seemed to dissolve
into the first tentative raindrops. i was out doing fish-emulsion foliar-feeding
[which seems to help the plants endure the heat] when the mist turned
into the rain. i worked outside for an hour before i really began to get wet.
in the rainy morning, all the birds singing again, i felt the first hint of fall in the air.
even though it may be sunny-hot tomorrow, and tomorrow after that,
i know the earth is turning towards the morning mists and moisture that
returns in autumn. life is renewed, refreshed and clean today.
i have written two haiku about this rain’s blessing, so i am sharing
these brief impressions here.
cloudy day, soft rain
gentle soaking of the earth,
withered woods, and fields.
no shadows today-
respite from the hard clear light
of summer sunshine.