Waiting for Showers

Petrichor: a distinctive, earthy, usually pleasant odor that is associated with rainfall especially when following a warm, dry period…

“Petrichor.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/petrichor. Accessed 30 Mar. 2022.

We are familiar with the wind,

the gusts that bring a temperature

change and dirt — so much dirt — 

dry, desolate sheets of caliche

and clay; if we had soil,

that would mean rain,

but we wait for that blessing

to quench us and reaffirm

the scorched and thirsty ground,

enliven the hesitant blooms,

clear the air and leave the sweet

aroma that only showers carry.

—C.L. Fisher, March 2022

Unless otherwise indicated, all writings and images are the work of C.L. Fisher and may not be copied, used, or distributed without permission.

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