When the Wells Run Dry

Published July, 2015, South Valley Enjoy

California is in the midst of an historic drought, and no city has felt the effects of this drought more than Porterville, California. Here, residents are waking up to sputtering taps, toilets that don’t flush, showers that don’t run.

But residents are organizing to offer relief, and finding aid in unlikely places.

Read the article here.

the california drought

California Rain

California needs rain – I know it
I hear it from the talking heads
And spoken from the cracking lips
Of its thirsty citizens
Still, what of it?
It will come, it always does:
Because never is what never does.

But rain’s release will mean everything
To me and to others
And will mirror
In me and in others
Something more profound than the dry
That’s dug deeply underground
Since heaven can’t keep
Or hold deeper mysteries
Than the emotions found
Buried beneath the soul:
With its weather-wild nature
Unpredictably cold
Irrationally hot
And uncontrolled.

Sufferings cycle —
The rains, the drought,
Though the meaning escapes us
Before it comes back around
Like mornings I’m tired
And nights I’m awake
Oh, the cycles suffer,
And though I’m deadly dry
Still I dread the rain.