Megadrought

The flower is made of non-flower elements. We can describe the flower
as being full of everything. There is nothing that is not present in the flower.
-Thich Nhat Hanh 


The governor asked us 
to pray up a storm.
A local told my husband 
tree rings show 
it’s the worst drought 
in five-hundred years.

That the rains may come

in a gentle manner
beneficial to our valley,
Brother J. Watson prayed
from the pulpit. 

Our stream is dry. 
The alpacas are licking the mud
so my husband is off 
to buy a huge stock tank at IFA.

There’s not water to grow enough
alfalfa in the pasture 
for our neighbor’s cows. It’s real bad. 
I’ll have to order extra bales
from Idaho, he said.

I look at the milkweed
wilting in simmering shade—
a few caterpillars escape
the gaze of hungry wasps

and I wonder out loud
where has all the water gone
if every flower contains a cloud?

———

“Megadrought” by Gwendolyn Soper

Source: Utah Life Magazine, March/April 2022 issue

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