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Posted: September 30th. 2007 7:17:24 AM

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Once Great Lakes

by Cernunnos Poetry

Age Group: Adult

The Once Great Lakes

September 20, 2007

Do you remember when it just rained?
How we took Her for granted then
It wasn't even that long ago
That we would pray
that it not rain
on parades
Oh but now
when it does rain
finally on parched ground
the collectively sigh is palpable
From and for all of Nature in relief
Now when it rains we could almost think
that everything is going to be just fine
And so sweet then is the moist air
Soothing to dry blackened lungs
and for Her scorched earth
Life returns in the rain
like balsam scent
from the trees
so bright
with life again
the long hard silence
of the Sun finally given over
to tree frog choruses and peepers
and mass migrations of leopard frogs
liberated from their squallid refugee ponds
blindly facing the treachery of our roads
it is worth all risk to taste one more
the promise of everlasting love
and life in endless swamps
where even sweet death
comes on naturally
and it rains
it rained
but now
is it just me?
or does it not rain
with the same frequency
Do you remember when it once just rained?
How we took Her so for granted then
it was not even all that long ago
The Great Lakes were then
still so great I mean...
Do you remember
how we prayed
foolish then
for it not
to rain
that it not
rain on our parades
not rain upon our
now we
for lightning
upon distant
for rain

Author's Notes: All five of the Great Lakes are at levels below historic record lows and/or long term averages. More over Lake Superior has warmed 2.5 degrees C in less than three decades... that does not sound like much but its enough to change weather and rainfall patterns throughout the Great Lakes watershed. Its all the more alarming because 99% of the water in the Great Lakes is non-renewable, glacial in origin. Once its gone its gone. The lake volumes are down about 1%. It does not sound like alot but its at the difference between using the Lakes sustainably and using them up! Our governments, on both sides of the border, will study it again for another 3 or 4 years. That will get them through to the next elections without having to acknowledge a potential problem. They won't disappear anytime soon.... the lakes I mean.
It rained this past week and it was glorious.

Author's Location: Rural Central, Ontario
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