the rain stopped....
And then the rain stopped
mist rising from sodden earth
sun beams drawing our eyes to glimmering leaves.
and we listened to the stories
houses released from their foundations
toppling into the river
young children rescued by helicopter
and other stories
a feast gifted to those stranded
600 hands damming a pump station
safe houses offered to strangers
about climate change
about supporting local
about coming together
and there were other voices
voices being silenced
water sacred yet poured out
crying to protect our watershed
to protect the rivers
my mind reeled
searching for clarity
"be the change you want to see"
so the saying goes
so we tended the soil
we donated toothpaste
we shared borscht with friends
we wondered about farmers in other countries that might need refuge
we bought seeds
we lit a candle for those who are sitting in the depths of this loss
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