|Image: Stainforth-River Irwell|
The rains came, fast soaking
already saturated ground
till it could swallow no more;
ten thousand rivulets finding
snow carved ruts and valleys,
racing to join mountain streams,
flooding fields, washing over rocks,
white water on a gray day--
until even rocks were covered
and all became one churning
river of yellow mud and silt.
Waters recede to a landscape
changed forever; and the resolve
of a people whose fortitude
could not be destroyed.
© Ginny Brannan May 2012
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In 2011 Hurricane Irene dropped 15'' of rain in Vermont onto already saturated soil, flooding the quiet rivers and streams, destroying homes, historic covered bridges and devastating many villages. Vermonters, a tough breed, are already rebuilding and rebounding!