It was the first time I felt an earthquake.
I had just fallen asleep
and woke up to a rumbling sound
and a distinct sideways movement
which seemed to last a long minute,
but not long enough for me
to think about whether I needed to move.
There had been an earthquake the day before – 4.6 –
about 90 miles southeast of us.
It had woken Ann in the middle of the night.
There was more movement and more sound
in this one, a 5.6 as it turns out;
the biggest earthquake in Oklahoma history.
Yesterday afternoon,
tornadoes touched down in southwest Oklahoma,
destroying buildings but causing no injuries.
As we were sitting through a spring-like thunderstorm
last night, again we felt the earth move.
It was another one: 4.7.

New, wider canal behind the pond


Water gushing in from canal, through culvert, into pond

The Big Pond is filling

The rain that was due last spring
came with last night’s storm.
We got 3.6 inches!
There is water everywhere.
Doe Creek is out of its banks in places
where I walked in a dry creek bed two days ago,
crunching leaves under my feet.
And the big pond,
completely dry for months,
has water in it this morning.
Lots of water.
The engineering and bulldozing
to renovate the pond
is working.
Water is gushing through a culvert
from a canal behind the pond
and water catchment pools
behind the canal.
It is striking
to be able to capture so much water.
And it is a relief.
Seeing water in the pond
has broken loose the grip
of drought dread.
We are thrilled
and grateful.
Thank you Earth.

Still,
questions remain:
what is happening here?
Extreme, unpredictable weather,
has become the norm.
We are humbled:
we must pay attention
to Earth.