Victims

Victims of drought,
fallen leaves lie on the ground.
Now those that are left
on the trees begin to turn
to autumn russets.

Soak

Not an end to drought
but the ground has had a soak.
Lovely, lovely rain.

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We have finally had a good rainfall overnight and all morning. Gentle rain that soaks in well and saves the need to water the garden for today at least. It has refilled my water butt. This is not the end of the drought though, rivers and reservoirs are still very low and hosepipe bans in place around the country, thankfully not where I live yet but I have been avoiding using the hose and only watering where necessary with waste water saved from the kitchen, using the watering can. The forecast is for another dry spell by the weekend. Still I am thankful for what we have, many areas have not had much at all for a long time.

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Spots of Rain

Cooler
and overcast.
Spots of rain.
Short, sharp shower; not
enough!

Hosepipe

Watering
the garden.
Thankfully hosepipe ban
not in my area
yet!

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We have had some rain recently, for which we are thankful, but by no means enough and the threat of a hosepipe ban has not gone away! I am trying not to be too wasteful with the water and only watering the necessary areas - vegetables, fruit trees and bushes and the flower borders. The lawn area has greened up nicely with the rain that we have had but I never water that anyway - grass has great powers of recovery after drought.

Drought

Brown,
the grass
of the lawn.
When will it rain?
Drought.

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Well, we didn't get the rain promised on Thursday, so I wrote the above Elfje during a wakeful night last night. However when I finally got up in the morning I discovered it had rained in the night, the ground was wet. It continued to rain gently for several hours so I wrote the Elfje below. Then the rain stopped! The sun came out for a while and the ground has dried, but it has now clouded over again so perhaps we will get some more rain. It least it is a lot cooler

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Rain
at last,
fine and gentle.
Will it be enough?
Showers.

Drought

It seems insensitive
to shout and complain
about all this rain
when other place suffer 
drought.

Changes

Reluctant rainfall
has in part re-greened the lawn.
Subtle changes herald fading summer.
The drought continues, moorland burns.

Complaints

Today the sun sulks
behind cloud cover,
tired of our complaints.
A brief respite from the heat,
but of the drought?
No end in sight.

Rain Dance

Brown and scorched the grass,
relentless the heat and drought.
Time for a rain dance.

Raining Again

It’s raining again,
coming down hard,
it runs in the gutters
and puddles the yard.
People mutter and mumble,
beginning to doubt
(despite what they say)
that we’re suffering a drought.

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