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It’s raining today.
The wind blew in the night,
hail fell
and then the rain began.
It has rained—
hard at times—
off and on all day.
So far, we’ve received
two and a half inches.
Doe Creek is out of its banks.
The Big Pond was filling
until the spillway was breached.
Now that water is gushing
down a tributary into Doe Creek.
The flood control reservoir
is holding the water,
allowing it to back up
and flow more slowly down the creek system.
With Doe Creek everywhere,
all that standing water
will have time to soak into the thirsty soil
and settle into the water table.
Smelling the rain coming last night,
hearing it beat against windows and barn roof,
seeing it spread across the farm,
walking in the puddles
is a balm for the soul,
as well as the land.