English #frapalymo: Drought

photo of brown bare tree on brown surface during daytime

Our water is manmade.
They dig mile-wide
ditches with shovels,
fill it with rain.

Land-locked town
sinks in torrential
downpour. Porous
soil, water flow in

and out, floods
surrounding rivers
that quench thirsty
cities nearby.

© 2016 Nortina Simmons


Written for Frau Paulchen’s Lyrik Monat, which translates from German to Mrs. Paulchen’s Poetry Month. Catching up on yesterday’s prompt, which was: “a river poem.”


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