Capricious breezes, gusty winds,
whip cloying mist from sodden skies,
a chilling settles in the bones.
Rainfall left alone would be
a gentle damping of the thirsty ground
sustaining dormant life,
lifting to the rising evergreens,
dripping from the crying clouds
instead is driven, hesitates,
then slaps against the bending boughs
wetting bark and long dead leaves.
A treasure trove for sponging earth
in earnest expectation when
renewal 'wakens fresh new growth,
the sunshine days of warmth held close.
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