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Wednesday, March 21, 2018

rain song

sitting here listening to the rain on our metal roof
on our front porch
im thinking and hearing rain songs in my head
rain rain
let it rain let it rain
stop the rain

once when living at the country n on a mid july night
my wife she and her mom and her aunt were gone
on a trip

i was asleep in the middle of the night
you know in texas sometimes these storms
just pop up out of nowhere
it can be clear blue skis
then not long it will be raining like cats and dogs

so it was this night
for some reason i had my bathroom window open
what woke me up was hail and rain on our metal roof
if you have ever been in a metal roof building
you know how loud that can be
the wind blew hail and leaves through the window
across the bedroom onto the opposing wall

i woke up with a start
thinking i was in a war and was under attack

as i focused
the rain was the hardest i had ever heard
i quickly turned on the tv
now its about 2 in the morning
it seems tornadoes
like they seemed to do sometimes
went a mile north
another went a mile south
lucky me

im sure if my wife she had been home
well i know she would have
she would have been hunkered down in our concrete
brick shower downstairs
her go to storm cellar
im sure if that house was ever blown away
that shower would have been left in place

the next morning
the river a quarter mile away sounded like a huge ole
freight train coming down the tracks

we got 10 inches of rain in just a couple of hours
it was the most flooded ever in all the years we lived there

Image result for pineapple express rain in santa barbara

so now as i sit here listening to this nice steady slow
i think of our country n and how pleasant it was
to be inside listening to the same type of rain
now after realizing living here for the last 8 months
since the huge thomas fire that destroyed the trees
and shrubs and grasses above us
the alamo fire north of us earlier in the year
that what we saw as nice steady rains in texas
theres no way in texas we would ever be concerned much
for the rain thats due to hit here in the next 24-48 hrs

the pineapple express
the atmospheric river
moisture off the pacific from hawaii way
will come pouring right over us

if you drive here in santa barbara you realize that
the roads from the mountain side down to the beach side
are a down hill incline that if you were on a bike
or a skate board you could just coast down hill
without pedalling
its easier to walk from our place to downtown
than return back to our condo
you fast walk down
slow walk back up to our place

does the water do the same
but it gets a head start way up high in the mountain
down the stream beds picking up momentum and
debris and huge rocks as it goes
causing devastation on its way to the ocean
there is in these burn areas and these stream beds
nothing to stop that momentum

thats the way its going to be around here for the
next several years until
the trees and brush regrow
until a lot gets washed down to the ocean

every major rainfall will cause several communities
to evacuate until it passes
this is the third time in the last few weeks

what they say in the austin area would be a much needed
can be a devastating one for those around here

lucky for us is that the mountains didnt burn above us
the fire was headed that way when it was stoppped
leaving a fire map that to me looks like the map
of montana
with the area above us being idaho

yes im enjoying the steady rain
it was nice to sleep to the sound on our porch roof
im hoping it slows some
for those under the burn areas

the organicgreen doctor

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