We feared
that the Big Pond
might dry up again,
this summer,
as it did four summers ago.

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Last summer, it was way down,
again—water less
than two feet deep.
Pelicans stayed about 10 days,
feasting on easy-pickings.
Algae blossomed,
fish died.
We couldn’t water gardens
(the pump was above the water line.)
We didn’t swim.

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As spring came this year
and the best chances for rain—
May and June—
approached, we weren’t sure
we had the energy
for dashed hopes,
as last spring,
big rains never came.

But they have this year!
And for all our friends
who know the pond,
have grieved the drought with us,
who share our love and concern
for that beautiful pond;
for those who’ve asked how it’s doing,
look:
it’s full,
overflowing!

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