Wednesday, August 30, 2017


     I notice it has been wet in Scotland this summer. And woefully wet in parts of Texas this week. Here, it has been dry, especially in our village. It is difficult, sometimes, to strike the balance between conservation, the cost of water, and protecting my garden plants. The birch trees are stressed. The front lawn has gone dormant. I've been thinking a lot about dry. It turned into a poem.


Dry as a bone
The limbs of trees dripping yellowed leaves on the ground,
ribs of mountains veined with parched streams
and fists of knuckled stones,
the supine spine of vines panting in the sun
limp with exhaustion

Dry as dust
The pool of dust in the garden where the birds bathe,
thirst in the throat of the drainpipe
and the tongue of shade that laps the crackling grass,
a coil of barren soil curling around a finger of air
blowing smoke

Dry as death
the tinder
the match
the aftermath of ash and sooty bones

                                                            ~ Nib of Nib's End ~


  1. ...and here we have needed to mow the lawn twice a week all spring-summer. We had a wet summer in southern Ontario.

    This poem is stunning! one of my favorite lines is this...
    the tongue of shade that laps the crackling grass,

    1. Thank you, Janet. I'm thinking with all of that rain your garden should be growing gangbusters. Zucchini for everyone!