A creek runs dry

On my Sunday stop at a local woods I discovered that Collin’s Creek is dry. We’ve had so little rain since Spring that our water table is seriously diminished.

Collins Creek upstream view August 7, 2016
Collins Creek downstream view August 7, 2016

There was a creek where cool waters tumbled

dogs wet their feet and skidded on rocks,

birds fluffed and drank,

bugs buzzed and skittered.

Now all is quiet in harsh summer heat,

in endless days of merciless drought

Collin’s waters shrank,

to a hard creek bed.

‘Level 2 low water condition!’

conservation experts exclaim

as hoses gush and swimming pools fill,

folks unaware of a stream in the woods

barely a trickle, no longer there.

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14 thoughts on “A creek runs dry

  1. I’m glad that you’re aware and voice your poetic concerns.
    Beautifully done, Janice.
    The creek looks so sad. 😦
    We’re getting our second day of rain today. Much needed.

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    1. We got rain last night (yeah!) but I ‘ve just read that the Conservation Authority raised the drought level to 3 which means municipalities have increased authority to restrict water use (so the article says).

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  2. This is so sad… and great for environmental awareness. It is a great reminder of how beautiful nature is around us. I agree with jane tims that many people could benefit from reading this poem.

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    1. It is sad particularly if you see the exceptional dryness (the most extreme on record in this watershed) as part of a climate change process caused and exacerbated by ongoing human actions.

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