After a summer of interminable, unseasonable heat
and very little rainfall, the autumn has ushered
in clouds with the precipitation we should have gotten
three months before. The drought is reflected
in the prices at the grocery; the bacon shortage is because
the corn drops died, burned up in the heat of the sun,
and farmers could not afford to feed their piggies.
The first rain was a deluge, the ones we're getting
now are light, steady, just what we need to soak the ground
This shrub was cut back, but is responding like
it is spring, producing new growth, holding large drops
of rain as if to cherish its existence.