Casaubon's Book

The Rain it Raineth Every Day

When that I was and a little tiny boy,
With hey, ho, the wind and the rain,
A foolish thing was but a toy,
For the rain it raineth every day.
But when I came to man’s estate,
With hey, ho, the wind and the rain,
‘Gainst knaves and thieves men shut their gate,
For the rain it raineth every day.
But when I came, alas! to wive,
With hey, ho, the wind and the rain,
By swaggering could I never thrive,
For the rain it raineth every day.
But when I came unto my beds,
With hey, ho, the wind and the rain,
With toss-pots still had drunken heads,
For the rain it raineth every day.
A great while ago the world begun,
With hey, ho, the wind and the rain,
But that’s all one, our play is done,
And we’ll strive to please you every day.- Twelfth Night

In two weeks, we’ve had over 15 inches of rain, with another two projected before tomorrow morning, when it (finally) dries up for at least a couple of days. Between Lee and Irene, much of my region is underwater again today. Many of the areas that are evacuated and flooded were flooded previously, others who escaped are now underwater.

We’re ok here – the creek is high and dangerous, but I think another two inches won’t kill us. We’re getting along, and for the moment have power (it has been out a couple of times) but this is so hard and so sad to watch. We just need the wind and the rain to stop for a bit, and let us all dry out.

Sharon

Comments

  1. #1 Andy Brown
    September 8, 2011

    Oh it is a wearying thing to be rained upon for too long. Hang in there.

  2. #2 Lorna
    September 8, 2011

    I would make it stop raining if I could. Wish we could send all that rain to Texas and Oklahoma. My thoughts and prayers are with you and all the rain weary people in the south and northeast.

  3. #3 Michelle
    September 8, 2011

    Amen, sister. We’re not as waterlogged as you are, but it’s still plenty wet here, and rivers that just came down out of flood stage are rising again here in Western Mass. I agree with Lorna – O that we could send this rain where it’s needed so desperately!

  4. #4 Annabelle
    September 8, 2011

    G-d bless everyone affected by these storms- I’m in the high-and-dry Mountain West, but I’ve heard from people back East and it sounds pretty nasty. Thank goodness that you’re prepared and can wait out the storm with some candles and board games.

  5. #5 cennet gulum
    September 8, 2011

    Şırnak’ın Cudi Dağı Derebaşı mevkiinde, teröristlerin tespit edildiği bölge havadan ve karadan bombalanıyor. Çok sayıda asker teröristlerin tespit edildiği operasyon bölgesine kaydırıldı. Terör örgütünden kaçan 3 terörist ise, Habur Sınır Kapısı’nda güvenlik güçlerine teslim oldu.

  6. #6 curiousalexa
    September 9, 2011

    We have been very lucky here in western Maine. My heart goes out to those not so lucky!

  7. #7 jw
    September 9, 2011

    doubtless michelle bachmann will say it’s just god sending us evil people in D.C. another clear message, like the earthquake and the earlier hurricane. global warming isn’t happening! and all you innocent people outside of D.C. who are also getting the ‘message’ don’t count for sh*t to their god. nevermind all the god-fearing good xtians in texas who are burning and in drought–what message is ‘god’ sending them?

    head*desk….

    anyway. my garden so far is doing ok with this rain, but for the first time EVER i am seeing some erosion of soil mineral particles in the constant and swift stream of water heading down our sloped driveway (i don’t till and don’t have any bare soil anywhere…worrisome).

    good luck to all of you!

  8. #8 erlking
    September 9, 2011

    The persistent rain reminds me of Ray Bradbury’s Venus stories like The Long Rain and All Summer in A Day. The English major in me always dives into a book when there’s too much hurly burly in the real world.

  9. #9 Greenpa
    September 11, 2011

    so, are you reconsidering my suggestion that it is time to move your garden permanently?

    Next year- and the next- will bring erratic but eventual repetitions, pretty surely.
    :-)

  10. #10 Mark N.
    September 11, 2011

    Maybe grow in that location some perennial crop(s) that tolerates periodic flooding.

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