Mexican airman prepares solution of acetone & silver iodide to drop into clouds to make it rain. (Mexico News Daily)
the gentleman from texas wants
to change the moon’s orbit or
the earth’s orbit around the sun, to dodge
those solar flares that cause
this is where we are.
lake mead, largest u.s. reservoir,
drops to lowest level ever,
decline will continue til nov., expert sez
150+ acres burn in arizona; even
the firefighting vehicles start blazes,
the vegetation’s so dry
meanwhile, n. dakota farmers
selling off their cattle herds:
"look the weather is bad, our crops look
terrible, lots of us have employees &
families we support. historical drought.
i'm stressed, you're stressed, but
it will be okay. the sun will rise again,
god will only give you
what you can handle,” sez one on f.b.
well, the sun will rise again, anyway,
like it or not . . .
mexican air force seeds the clouds,
85% of country in severe drought;
worst drought in almost 100 yrs in brazil:
"we're facing a 'dry season' that in reality
is going to last 1 ½ - 2 years,"
sez the professor (burning up the rain-
forest doesn’t help); inflation at 8.1%
hydropower walloped, ag:
“global inventories are shrinking; demand
is on a tear as drought plagues farms
from the u.s. & brazil to russia,”
bloomberg sez. “china is scouring the globe
for all the grains it can find to replenish
stocks & feed its hog herd,
the biggest in the world.”
while 3 m afghan people “likely to be acutely
affected” by drought, as 12 m (⅓ of pop.)
facing “crisis” levels of “food insecurity”;
"the sky has stopped raining on us,
the earth has stopped growing grass for us,
and eventually the government
has also stopped helping us," abdul baqi,
citizen, says, as citizens
of lahore, pakistan told to stay
indoors, out of 109 f heat (heat index 117)
what do you do if home is uninhabitable?
you go somewhere else
in the novel gold fame citrus, people
from s. california are barred from
other states (turnabout fair play?), as
they try to escape the permanent drought
& sand dune sea; our heroes are trying
to escape to lawrence, kansas . . .
this is where we are.
Note: this will be the last regularly-scheduled post to Writing Out of Time. Poem of Our Climate will continue at a new location, to be revealed Monday (June 14).
I'm a writer & teacher in Lawrence, Kansas who actually believes the scientists. I wrote a book of poems called Of Some Sky that seems to have something to do with all this.