yes it is as muggy as can be
like swimming with all your clothes on
and feet planted firmly on the ground
but clouds overhead first moderate the
heat, then thunder announces
i say "this year" because there
was a long stretch
7-9 years depending on who you talk to
when the few clouds that rarely
appeared left us nothing.
all that humidity, thunder and promise
but no rain.
it was awful.
might as well live in the desert if
that's the way it was going to stay.
there are scars all over the place:
look closely at the surrounding hills
and you'll see too much brown
too many dead trees that did not
survive the long, dry years of too
little snow and too little rain.