In front of the John Lennon Wall in Prague.

Thursday, March 3, 2016

SOL 2016 Day 3: Another Day of (Writing) Drought

Here I am on day three, already wondering what I can write about today. I think of these days as drought days.
So today I will write about the grey day that has dawned. The ground is damp so perhaps the rain we were promised came in the night. Not a good soaking rain like we desperately need, but any rain is welcome right now. Here in Northern California we are in our 4th (or is it 5th?) year of drought. Not just a little drought, but bone-dry, terrifying drought with trees dying and grass not just brown but dull grey. 

This year El Niño was promised us, and we started December and January off well. But then in February the rains dried up. Almost none for the whole month, the month that should be our wettest time of year. 

I've experienced these droughts before, having lived in California for the last 35 years. But this one is different. This one makes us worry about climate change, wonder if we can live here anymore. My brother up in Portland says people are heading north to Oregon because of it. I'm not sure I believe that, but sometimes when I visit my family up there I'm tempted to stay. But really what good will a mass exodus do if the whole world is heating up?

Now March has come, and the predictions are for more rain. We need what they call a Miracle March. We've had those before, where we make up for our low totals. This year I won't hold my breath. I'm afraid to hope. 

Perhaps writing about it today will make the rains come. Last year I wrote a rain poem, and it rained the day after I read it to my poetry group. Maybe this post will work as well. 
Oh, rain, come! 


  1. Rain poem, rain SOL, rain dance...I hope one of them works! But on a more serious note, I think you capture the true significance of the situation well. Our weather seems to have gone a little crazy across the globe as of late, what will it mean?

    1. Erika, we actually got a little rain later in the day, so maybe this did work! Luckily, the predictions are for more this weekend. But, but as you say, everyone's weather seems to have gone crazy. Is it our fault?